College of DuPage
College of DuPage
College of DuPage's team: (first row, from left) Aidan Borre, Vandana Sharma, Priyanka Tenneti, Micheli Venky, Emily Keith; (back row, from left) Mark Skager, Dean Kozora, Brian Sechrist, Matt Pedraza, Saud Ali, Nick Larson, Curtis Gulloro, Nate Narofsky.

Teams comprised of accounting students representing theCollege of DuPageandNorthern Illinois Universityrecently tied for first place at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC's) 2016Challenge case competition.

Since launching the Challenge in 2002, PwC has invited some 5,000 accounting students from over 50 colleges and universities across the country to compete in the annual competition. Participating students are put in front of real-world scenarios, namely strategic issues, which companies are currently facing around the world.

The Challenge sees students work in small teams to review a business case, develop a solution, and present a solution to a group of PwC professionals. Students are judged based on factors such as critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.

Each member of a winning team receives a cash prize and is also eligible to compete in PwC's optionalCorporate Responsibility (CR)challenge.

“I am thankful to both NIU and PwC for including College of DuPage in this competition,” stated Maureen McBeth, accounting professor at College of DuPage. “This was an incredible opportunity for our students to work directly with and be mentored by the professionals at PwC. We were thrilled to see our students step up and demonstrate their analytical and communication skills which resulted in a first place tie with an NIU team.”

For more on the Challenge, head to PwC'ssite here. For more on the College of DuPage and Northern Illinois University's accounting programs, head to their respective siteshereandhere. Check out a brief video on the Challenge below, via PwC.