Academic Challenge Overview


ACUI-NAQT Partnership

In November 2009, NAQT and ACUI established a strategic partnership to return quiz bowl to ACUI's portfolio of student activities and to increase participation in NAQT's collegiate tournaments. Both parties want to see more students playing quiz bowl and look forward to working together to help new teams get started, improve themselves, and attend tournaments. After four years of collaborating to run more than 50 regional tournaments and award 12 collegiate championship titles, ACUI and National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) have decided to revise their partnership.

ACUI and NAQT plan to return to a simpler relationship; ACUI schools interested in quiz bowl will still be encouraged to host intramural tournaments and participate in intercollegiate NAQT matches, but the sectional structure will return to NAQT's original plan. In addition, ACUI regions involved in quiz bowl are still encouraged to bid to host sectional tournaments at their members' campuses (but regional directors will not be directed to find regional coordinators to do so).

For those interested in competing in the 2013–14 NAQT competition season, intramural questions will be available for sale in September and can be purchased at If you are interested in hosting a Sectional Championship Tournament in February, please contact for more information.

ACUI and NAQT hope that simpler will—as is often the case—prove to be better, and that this new arrangement will reduce administrative overhead and allow both organizations to focus on their core strength.

For more information about getting involved with the program, please contact the ACUI Central Office staff liaison:

Brian Magee
Association of College Unions International

Updated Aug. 29, 2013