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Posted 12.19.05

Dean Myron Roomkin has been appointed as a member of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Commission on Entrepreneurial Curriculum. The purpose of the Commission is to provide the Foundation with guidance relating to a universal and/or comprehensive curriculum and associated materials and best practices related to the preparation of university-level students in entrepreneurship. They will consider what should be known by university-level students about the process of entrepreneurship, its importance to the success of the American economy, and how an individual choosing to initiate a new organization (principally a for-profit organization) would manage the process such that maximum levels of success for new business entities might be achieved.

The Commission will offer findings and analysis as well as conclusions and recommendations concerning but not limited to the following topics:

  • What do we know in terms of documented credible research about the process of successful business formation?
  • What do we know about how entrepreneurship is currently being taught and who are the university graduates who become entrepreneurs? What programs, or parts of programs, are working and do we understand why? What is the real correlation between entrepreneurial output and education in entrepreneurship?
  • What should be included in a curriculum relating to the process of how entrepreneurial activity takes place? Included would be a consideration of topics such as opportunity recognition, financing a new business, the life-cycle of new businesses and the process by which they mature, and what insights and skills should a well-prepared university student take from his or her education. How should the material be delivered? What sort of dialogue(s) should be fostered between instructor/mentor and student?
  • What should be a sequence of lessons and content if one were to have an “exposure” to entrepreneurship at a community college level, as an undergraduate in any major, as an engineer or technically trained individual where the probability is higher that over the course of one’s work life it is likely there will be at least one attempt to create a business, and, whether or not we might envision a discipline formed around the phenomenon of entrepreneurship?
  • How can one assess effectively student achievement in an entrepreneurship program?
  • What questions should be the focus of basic research regarding the process of entrepreneurship that must be answered before a comprehensive curriculum can emerge?
  • What should be in a curriculum on entrepreneurship at the university level? Are there existing texts and other resources that should be cited within any curriculum?
  • What is the optimal level of resources that a university should devote to the teaching of entrepreneurship and what is the optimal level of discourse concerning this activity on a typical campus? What form(s) should it take?
The Foundation would look to the Commission to provide perspectives and specific recommendations on these and other subjects it sees as pertinent in a final report within one year’s time. The first meeting will be held in Kansas City MO on January 17, 2006

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