April 19th, 2012 - Posted in Capsim Blog by Brendan Langen
In Capsim's Top 10 rankings, high performing business schools regularly appear top
of the list - schools such as Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, University
of California Berkeley's Haas School of Business, Southern Connecticut State University........yes,
that's correct. This tiny school located in New Haven, CT ranks among the top 10%
of business schools in the country on their Capstone scores, thanks in part to the
creative team building approach by Professor Linda Ferraro.
Professor Ferraro's use of the Capstone Business Simulation in her capstone course
in the School of Business has given Southern Connecticut State University students
a leg up on the competition. By integrating each part of the business school learning
into one final course, Professor Ferraro provides students skills to help them become
effective business people on graduation.
Utilizing her background in Organizational Behavior, Professor Ferraro builds diverse
teams that attack problems from unique angles. "I try to diversify each team in terms
of majors, strengths and backgrounds," Ferraro says. "Students then learn how to work
in an effective team - something they will use throughout the rest of their life."
Last spring, one of Professor Ferraro's Capstone teams scored in the 99th percentile
of all college students in Capstone - and that's no fluke. Her student teams consistently
show their mastery in business acumen via their high scores in Capstone.
Capstone requires students to take knowledge learned in marketing, accounting, finance,
operations and other business classes and apply them to making decisions as the CEO
of their simulated company. In doing so, Capstone Business Simulation forces students
to draw from their learning experiences in each of the courses to make cohesive business
It just goes to show you that pairing an excellent professor and Capstone Business
Simulation can make quite a difference. As Professor Linda Ferraro and Southern Connecticut
State University are showing us, no matter where the school is located, the right
model can lead to great results.
If you'd like to share your story on how Capsim's business simulations have helped
your class, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your story may be shared in an upcoming edition of the Capsim Courier.