Entrepreneurship Education Comes of Age on Campus: The Challenges and Rewards of Bringing Entrepreneurship to Higher Education

Ewing Marion Kauffman Research Paper

28 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2013

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Wendy E. F. Torrance

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Jonathan Rauch

Brookings Institution

William Aulet

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

Lenore Blum

Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science

Brad Burke

Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business

Troy D'Ambrosio

University of Utah - Pierre Lassonde Entrepreneur Center

Kimberly de los Santos

Princeton University - Pace Center for Civic Engagement

Charles E. Eesley

Stanford University - Management Science & Engineering

William Scott Green

University of Miami

Kenneth A. Harrington

Washington University in St. Louis; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

John Jacquette

Cornell University - Entrepreneurship@Cornell

Bruce Kingma

Syracuse University

Paul J. Magelli

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - College of Business

Gordon McConnell

Arizona State University (ASU)

Duncan Moore

University of Rochester

Lawrence Neeley

Olin College of Engineering

Michael Song

University of Missouri at Kansas City - Department of Organizational Leadership/Marketing

Teng-Kee Tan

University of Missouri - Kansas City - Henry W. Bloch School of Management

Ted Zoller

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Entrepreneurial Program

Thomas Zurbuchen

University of Michigan - College of Engineering

Date Written: August 2013

Abstract

As the Kauffman Campus Initiative reaches its conclusion, we at the Foundation see an opportunity to take a first cut at distilling the lessons learned from the widespread, but variegated, adoption of entrepreneurship education. As part of this effort, we solicited the views of academics and administrators at sixteen institutions with notable entrepreneurship education programs — some of them “Kauffman Campuses,” some not — to discuss common practices and challenges. (Participating people and institutions are listed in appendix I.) In addition to gathering written submissions, we spent a day in four sessions of directed conversation about what is going well and not so well in their worlds. The themes, questions, and choices they discussed, plus the judgments and analysis of Foundation staff and others who were consulted along the way, are distilled here.

This paper’s methodology is deliberately qualitative. We make no effort to conduct a statistical census or a comprehensive survey of the field (which would be a formidable undertaking). The goal of this paper is simply to lay groundwork for a discussion of the state of entrepreneurship education as it leaves adolescence, so to speak, and enters its prime. We seek to clarify choices; to reflect on emerging norms and on successes and failures; to provide guidance for new entrants; and, above all, to spark a conversation about the next phase.

Keywords: entrepreneurship education, higher education, Kauffman campus, college, university

Suggested Citation

Torrance, Wendy E. F. and Rauch, Jonathan and Aulet, William and Blum, Lenore and Burke, Brad and D'Ambrosio, Troy and de los Santos, Kimberly and Eesley, Charles E. and Green, William Scott and Harrington, Kenneth A. and Jacquette, John and Kingma, Bruce and Magelli, Paul J. and McConnell, Gordon and Moore, Duncan and Neeley, Lawrence and Song, Michael and Tan, Teng-Kee and Zoller, Ted and Zurbuchen, Thomas, Entrepreneurship Education Comes of Age on Campus: The Challenges and Rewards of Bringing Entrepreneurship to Higher Education (August 2013). Ewing Marion Kauffman Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2307987 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2307987

Wendy E. F. Torrance (Contact Author)

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation ( email )

4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2046
United States

Jonathan Rauch

Brookings Institution ( email )

1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States

William Aulet

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship ( email )

United States

HOME PAGE: http://mitsloan.mit.edu/faculty/detail.php?in_spseqno=9118

Lenore Blum

Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science ( email )

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~lblum/

Brad Burke

Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business ( email )

6100 South Main Street
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77005-1892
United States

HOME PAGE: http://business.rice.edu/Brad_Burke/

Troy D'Ambrosio

University of Utah - Pierre Lassonde Entrepreneur Center ( email )

Salt Lake City, UT
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.lassonde.utah.edu/

Kimberly De los Santos

Princeton University - Pace Center for Civic Engagement ( email )

201-D Frist Campus Center
Princeton, NJ 08544
United States

HOME PAGE: http://pace.princeton.edu/

Charles E. Eesley

Stanford University - Management Science & Engineering ( email )

473 Via Ortega
Stanford, CA 94305-9025
United States

HOME PAGE: http://chuckeesley.com

William Scott Green

University of Miami ( email )

Coral Gables, FL 33124
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www6.miami.edu/UMH/CDA/UMH_Main/1,1770,2472-1;48494-3,00.html

Kenneth A. Harrington

Washington University in St. Louis ( email )

One Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1208
Saint Louis, MO MO 63130-4899
United States

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation ( email )

4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2046
United States

John Jacquette

Cornell University - Entrepreneurship@Cornell ( email )

443 Warren Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

HOME PAGE: http://entrepreneurship.cornell.edu/

Bruce Kingma

Syracuse University ( email )

900 S. Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2130
United States

Paul J. Magelli

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - College of Business ( email )

Champaign, IL 61820
United States
217-244-3407 (Phone)

Gordon McConnell

Arizona State University (ASU) ( email )

Farmer Building 440G PO Box 872011
Tempe, AZ 85287
United States

Duncan Moore

University of Rochester ( email )

300 Crittenden Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14627
United States

Lawrence Neeley

Olin College of Engineering ( email )

Olin Way
Needham, MA 02492-1200
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.olin.edu/faculty/faculty_profile.aspx?FacultyId=32

Michael Song

University of Missouri at Kansas City - Department of Organizational Leadership/Marketing ( email )

318 Bloch School
5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
United States
816-235-5841 (Phone)
(816)235-6529 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.entrepreneurship.bloch.umkc.edu/instituteoverview/song.asp

Teng-Kee Tan

University of Missouri - Kansas City - Henry W. Bloch School of Management ( email )

Kansas City, MO 64110
United States

HOME PAGE: http://bloch.umkc.edu/faculty-staff/faculty-directory/profiles/tan-teng-kee.aspx

Ted Zoller

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation ( email )

4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2046
United States
816-932-1000 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.kauffman.org/about-foundation/ted-zoller-biography.aspx

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Entrepreneurial Program ( email )

Chapel Hill, NC
United States

Thomas Zurbuchen

University of Michigan - College of Engineering ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI
United States

HOME PAGE: http://adep.engin.umich.edu/

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