RIO GRANDE — Senior business majors Kasey Crow and Melissa Dickerson ranked in the top 100 performers in the first week of the international Business Strategy Game — and they are still going strong.
The game requires students to manage a mock manufacturing company by making decisions using skills they have learned in their classes. Each of the 10 weeks of competition represents one year of business. Business professor Roger Watson said he is excited his students are working hard on the project.
“This is the capstone course in the School of Business, which means it requires business seniors to synthesize all the information they’ve learned and look at the bigger picture, the strategic plans that guide companies,” Watson said. “The competition is fierce. Ranking in the top 100 among business students worldwide helps the students see the quality of the business education they receive at the University of Rio Grande.”
Crow and Dickerson ranked 61st overall the first week, scoring a 107, only three points short of the highest possible score. For week two, the team ranked 28th overall scoring 108 and ranked 72nd for week three, scoring 107.5. Watson, who teaches the capstone course, said he is proud of his students for being able to keep up globally.
“The game is cumulative, so it gets harder to maintain and bring up your scores as you continue,” Watson said. “The students have to make over 100 decisions relative to running a business each week.”
Crow, of Chillicothe, Ohio, said she is excited to see how she ranks on a global scale and is glad she ranked in the top 100 three weeks in a row.
“It’s pretty cool because it lets us see where we stand compared to other schools,” Crow said.
Dickerson, of Coolville, Ohio, said she is grateful what she has learned at Rio Grande helped her develop the skills to compete.
“It’s awesome to see we can match top schools in the country or do even better. It takes all of our classes and turns it into one big project,” Dickerson said.
Students from the class have ranked in the top 100 of the competition for 18 of the past 19 semesters. Watson said he takes the semester without a ranking as praise for the class as a whole.
“To place 18 out of 19 times really shows the caliber of the students and their education here at Rio. I think it’s a real feather in the cap,” Watson said. “We had one semester where every group in the class placed at least once. Even the semester we didn’t place, I took it as a compliment because the students were doing so well in the classroom. No one could get ahead of the others because they were all fantastic.”
The competition is run by publishing company McGraw-Hill. According to the company’s website, 54,082 students at 611 universities in 54 countries have participated in the competition in the last year.