Summer Business Enterprise Academy at the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business

The intensive four-week Summer Business Enterprise Academy (SBEA) offers high school students the opportunity to develop business skills in a college-level course setting, while learning in RWU's state-of-the-industry specialized classrooms and lab facilities. Students will explore the wide range of business disciplines as a possible area of college study, and as a career. Gain an understanding of what it is like to study business at the university level, while getting a head start toward a business degree by earning three college credits.

2019 Summer Academy Dates

July 7 - August 1, 2019 / Reserve your spot by submitting your application soon!

The Academy is offered exclusively to high school students who have successfully completed their sophomore or junior year. The program offers a 3 college-credit curriculum, replicating the coursework and experiences of our first-semester Business Enterprise course in the business program at the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business.

Students develop business and leadership skills, while earning college credit and a distinctive credential to make your college application stand out. Students will learn about how to think like a businessperson, make sound investment decisions, and turn a business idea into a business plan, complete with financial statements, marketing strategies and how to interpret powerful analytics that ensure success. Working with high-tech research and analytical tools, students will simulate what it is like to run their own business, thinking through business strategies and determining how to make decisions that will ensure the growth and success of the organization.  

SBEA students study in the School’s state-of-the-industry facilities, including the E. L. Wiegand Center for Advanced Financial Education and the Stoico/FirstFed Financial Services and Analytics Center. Along with classroom instruction, students will take an in-depth field trip, going behind the scenes of a local organization.

Program Highlights

  • Explore various dimensions of business, including accounting, marketing, management, data analytics, economics, leadership, entrepreneurship and brand strategy. 
  • Learn how business functions interact to make organizations successful through group simulation activities that will allow you to apply your skills in running a virtual organization.  
  • Engage with RWU faculty and guest speakers who will provide you with insights into business study and practice, as well as provide guidance on potential career pathways in a variety of business fields.
  • Earn 3 college credits for the successful completion of BUS 100 - Business Enterprise.
  • Practice your business skills in RWU’s state-of-the-art specialized classrooms and lab facilities. In the E. L. Wiegand Center for Advanced Financial Education, you’ll study the world’s financial markets in real-time and develop an understanding of investment principles and strategies. The Stoico/FirstFed Financial Services and Analytics Center immerses you in the most current technology available for data analytics and business research. 
  • Visit a significant business organization to learn about business operations. The 2019 Summer Business Enterprise Academy will visit the Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Providence, RI.

Questions About the Summer Business Enterprise Academy

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What is the Summer Business Enterprise Academy? 

The Summer Business Enterprise Academy focuses on helping students understand what it is like to study business at a renowned university. The coursework will offer hands-on lessons in the process of taking an idea for a product and transforming that idea into a Business Enterprise or start-up business. Students will work with a sophisticated business simulation, under the guidance of expert faculty, to gain experience as entrepreneurs and business practitioners in analyzing the market, evaluating various business opportunities, developing business strategy and decision- making processes that lead to launching and advancing a business. This includes concepts in production, marketing, financial analysis, data analytics and general management.  

What will participants learn from the program?

Working in small teams, students will gain practice with the functional areas of business and experience, how the various dimensions interact to make organizations successful, including the topics mentioned earlier as well as economics, leadership and brand strategy. 

Participants will learn how to think like a businessperson; develop decision-making skills; learn how to apply academic research; develop a sensitivity to and appreciation for ethical considerations in business; and learn how to deliver an effective presentation.

In addition, students will learn from RWU student investment fund managers who are part of the student investing program, the RWU Center for Advanced Financial Education (CAFE). With this unique opportunity, students will gain an understanding of investment principles and strategies, while actively monitoring the world’s financial markets in real-time in our state-of-the-art finance center.

Furthermore, students will gain an understanding of the differences between high school and college coursework and how to successfully make the transition. They will increase their self-awareness of personal strengths and learning skills, and explore where their academic interests might be within the business curriculum, for example, accounting, finance, marketing, and management. 

How would you describe the physical learning environment? 

Students will learn in RWU’s state-of-the-industry specialized classrooms and lab facilities. These include the Stoico/FirstFed Financial Services and Analytics Center, which houses the most current technology available for data analytics and marketing and other typesof business research. Students will learn about making investments and understanding the world’s financial markets in the E. L. Wiegand Center for Advanced Financial Education, which is dedicated to our student investing program and hosts Bloomberg technology and Moneynet.com platforms for analysis and reporting.

What is the purpose of the field trip and where will students go? 

The Summer Business Enterprise Academy class will visit Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Providence, RI. The Greenhouse has a unique incubator program that assists entrepreneurs in the development of financially sustainable business ideas that create positive social change. The visit informs students of the many ways in which they can have a successful business while making a meaningful impact on the world. 

Who is eligible to participate? 

Participants must be high school students who have successfully completed their sophomore or junior year of study. the program is designed for students who are interested in learning more about business in general and honing their business skills to prepare for college-level work. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 to be considered for the program.

What is the class schedule?

The class meets daily, Tuesday through Thursday, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for 4 weeks, beginning July 9 and ending on August 1. Lunch, frequently with a guest speaker, will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Will my student earn academic credit?   

Yes, successful participants will earn 3 academic credits for the Summer Business Enterprise Academy, the equivalent course that is required of all first-semester, first-year business students. Students who elect to enroll at RWU will be one course ahead in their academic program. 

Can the academic credit be transferred to other schools?

Yes, our Summer Business Enterprise Academy class is frequently accepted as transfer credit at other institutions. Our accreditation by AACSB International increases the likelihood that the course credit will be accepted at other schools, including other AACSB accredited programs. Please note that every college and university has specific procedures and requirements for transfer credit. Investigating that information in advance is advisable.

Costs and Application

The comprehensive 2019 fee is $2,300, which includes tuition and fees, course materials, field trip, and lunches. This is not a residential program; dormitory housing is not included. See the application at link below.  A letter of reference from a high school guidance counselor and a copy of your high school transcript are required for application. The guidance counselor may submit the letter of recommendation by email to Associate Dean Ed Strong at estrong@rwu.edu. Upon being admitted to the Summer Academy, a non-refundable deposit check of $300 is required. The remaining balance of $2,000 is due by June 1, 2019.

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact Associate Dean Edward Strong at (401) 254-3371 or estrong@rwu.edu.

2019 Summer Business Enterprise Academy, July 7 - August 1, 2019 

Application for Summer Business Enterprise Academy Program