College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Lonny Simonian, Phil Barlow
Each year the Chartered Institute of Building hosts a six-week virtual competition called the Global Student Challenge. Three Cal Poly Construction Management students and myself competed in this competition. This challenge was an international competition that gave students the ability to manage their own construction company. This competition is the gateway to enhancing higher-level education through academic competitions. Students competitions, such as the ASC competitions, have been shown to improve academic success as Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology is utilized. However, the largest flaw with academic competitions is the negative impact on classes outside of construction management. The purpose of this project is to incorporate more international and more virtual academic competitions into the Construction Management curriculum. A literary review as well as a survey was conducted to analyze student interest and assess the pros and cons of academic competitions, as well as the virtual and international applications. After a through investigation it is shown that students and professionals believe a virtual competition and an international competition will be beneficial not only to a student’s education but to their career paths as well.