SHRM awards human resource students for developing effective solutions to business problems

PHOENIX, Aug. 18, 2015 — Human resource students from University of Phoenix® School of Business won the undergraduate Case Competition at the recent Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Student Case Competition – West Division.

During the competition, SHRM presented each team with a different HR problem covering topics such as management practices, staffing and recruiting, compensation and benefits, and labor relations. Teams had to determine a solution, write a paper on the project and create an oral presentation. Teams presented their projects in oral presentations to a panel of SHRM member judges.

Over the course of the two-day event, students also received information relevant to the HR profession through professional speakers and practicing HR professionals. SHRM sponsors three Case Competition events across the United States annually. Twenty-one teams, comprised of undergraduate students from schools across the United States, competed in a Case Competition March 12-14 in Ontario, Calif. University of Phoenix won the undergraduate division.

"The SHRM Case Competitions are a great way for students to apply in-class learning to real world human resource scenarios," said Laurie McIntosh, SHRM-SCP, director of membership at SHRM. "Students also have the opportunity to network with students from other universities and showcase their knowledge to HR practitioners."

"The School of Business is proud of our distinguished graduates who demonstrated both the human resource knowledge and critical thinking skills that are vital to organization success," said Ruth Veloria, executive dean of University of Phoenix School of Business. "The competition provides a realistic preview of workplace issues that students may encounter in the HR profession, and we are honored to have the achievements of our team members recognized by SHRM."

The following students and faculty advisor were part of the University of Phoenix team:

  • Leslie Oakley is a 2015 University of Phoenix graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Human Resource Management. She is a member of Delta Mu Delta International Business Honor Society.
  • Katrina Ballard is a 2014 University of Phoenix graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Human Resource Management. She is a member of Delta Mu Delta International Business Honor Society.
  • Michelle Rhoads is a 2014 University of Phoenix graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Human Resource Management.
  • Student Chapter Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rosalie Lopez, JD, DM, is a University of Phoenix School of Business faculty member who has taught for the University for 20 years. Lopez earned her undergraduate degree in business from the University of Northern Colorado, her Master of Business Administration from the University of North Texas, and her doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center. Dr. Lopez also holds a Doctor of Management degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix and is a member of the American Bar Association Advisory Panel.

Winning teams received free registrations and travel to SHRM's Annual Conference and Exposition held June 28 – July 1 in Las Vegas, Nev.

University of Phoenix® School of Business offers associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs that prepare students to be creative problem solvers for the new economy. The School of Business also offers non-degree professional development programs, including certificates and individual courses. Doctoral programs are available through the School for Advanced Studies.

Two University of Phoenix® School of Business degree programs were recently recognized by SHRM as fully aligned with the organization's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. The programs include the Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Human Resource Management and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Human Resource Management[i].

To learn more about University of Phoenix School of Business programs, visit www.phoenix.edu/business.

About the Society for Human Resource Management

Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world's largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit SHRM Online at www.shrm.org and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.

About University of Phoenix School of Business

University of Phoenix School of Business offers associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs that prepare students to be creative problem solvers for the new economy. The School of Business also offers non-degree programs, including certificates, individual courses and non-credit professional development. Doctoral programs are available through the School for Advanced Studies. To learn more about University of Phoenix School of Business programs, visit www.phoenix.edu/business.

ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of  Apollo Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu.

[i] For more information about each of these programs, including on-time completion rates, the median debt incurred by students who completed the program and other important information, please visit: phoenix.edu/programs/gainful-employment.