The Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has named a multi-disciplinary panel of distinguished scholars to provide recommendations for a comprehensive approach to teaching entrepreneurship in colleges and universities.
Although entrepreneurial activity has played a significant role in the U.S. economy for decades, the study of entrepreneurship is relatively new to higher education, say foundation officials, and what is taught is inconsistent from institution to institution. For that reason, the Kauffman Panel on Entrepreneurship Curriculum in Higher Education will work on a framework of courses and concepts designed to become the gold standard for a university-level educational program in entrepreneurship. "Though most university-level entrepreneurship programs have some basic features in common, there is so much variation it's hard to identify a typical curriculum, let alone an exemplary one," said the foundation's vice president of entrepreneurship, Judith Cone. "While diversity is good, this field needs more of the consistency in core concepts found in other academic fields."
Panel members will meet throughout the year to review best practices and develop a common set of teachable entrepreneurship principles and skills. Members of the panel include Richard Newton, chair, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California-Berkeley; Rodney Brooks, director of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; William Green, dean of the College at the University of Rochester; R. Glenn Hubbard, dean of the Columbia Business School at Columbia University; Dipak Jain, dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; Linda Katehi, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering at Purdue University; George McLendon, dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences at Duke University; Jim Plummer, dean of the School of Engineering at Stanford University; and Myron Roomkin, the Alfred J. Weatherhead III professor of management and dean at Case Western Reserve University.
"Despite impressive gains in the numbers and quality of courses over the past twenty years, entrepreneurship education still lives mostly on the fringes of academe, not in the mainstream," said Kauffman Foundation president and CEO Carl Schramm. "Our aim is to change that so that entrepreneurship is a legitimate, full-fledged field of study."