July 22, 2011

DeVos Graduate School - Business Simulation Week 2011

One of Northwood’s value-added differences will be on full display next week. Starting this coming Sunday, July 24th, through next week Friday, July 29th, Northwood MBA students and faculty will gather on the Michigan Campus for the DeVos Graduate School’s Business Annual Simulation Week.

This capstone event is part of the DeVos Graduate School’s mission to equip students with:

  • The management skills to find and fix problems and identify and capitalize on opportunities, working effectively with others to take action using an integrated knowledge of a range of business functions and processes.
  • The leadership skills to create a vision and influence others to follow, and to raise the performance of all members of the organization.

This year 179 students from 10 different daytime and evening cohorts throughout Michigan, Texas and our MBA for Automotive Professionals program (formerly the Aftermarket Executive MBA and Dealership Executive MBA) – which includes students from Germany, Canada and the United States – will work with faculty from our Michigan, Florida and Texas campuses. Students will be organized into six different simulated companies in the personal computer market industry and will log anywhere from 12 to 18 hours each day.

The rigors of the program are part and parcel of empowering DeVos graduates with learning outcomes in categories of business acumen, critical thinking and personal effectiveness. As Cathy Bush, associate professor and lead MBA faculty for our Florida Campus, reports the DeVos Simulation Week, “…is a really intense and exhausting experience with very powerful learning outcomes.”

This week also is a galvanizing opportunity for our graduate faculty. In addition to being able to assess this year’s students, Simulation Week is also one of the few times each year when all of our DeVos Graduate School faculty are able to gather together to develop future curriculum and share best practices.

Please join me in congratulating our DeVos MBA students and faculty and wish them well. And if you are on the Michigan Campus next week, please be certain to give them a hearty welcome and let them know how appreciative we are that they are part of the Northwood family. 

Have a great weekend.

Keith A. Pretty, J.D.
President and CEO
Northwood University
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