Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
Villanova University has been offering an engineering entrepreneurship minor program for ten years. This 16 credit minor program starts with idea generation, proceeds through feasibility and prototyping courses and culminates in a business plan preparation course. There are also three practicum courses included in the minor that provide focused experiences for students in related themed areas.
The program has graduated over 100 students and continues to see a robust enrollment of about 12% of the engineering students and is the largest subscribed minor in the College of Engineering. After ten years of offering, it was decided to do an assessment of the program to evaluate its performance.
The program assessment was intended to accomplish three goals:
1) Explore the current state of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor at Villanova University. 2) Determine progress towards accomplishing program goals as defined by the Kern Family Foundation, the main sponsor of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor program at Villanova University 3) Evaluate whether modifications should be made in the Minor and provide recommendations for possible programmatic changes.
The program assessment was based on the collection and analysis of several forms of data. First, syllabi for each of the courses in the Minor provided insight into the learning objectives, instructional methods, and assessments employed by course instructors. A document analysis of course syllabi indicated the degree of alignment between the curriculum and the goals of the Kern Family Foundation to develop the “entrepreneurial mindset” in tandem with an engineering skillset. In order to gain insight into the perspectives of program faculty, students, and alumni, the program assessment included focus groups and interviews with each of these stakeholder groups. This paper will report on the results of this assessment and program evaluation and lessons learned about the present program and provide recommendations for improvements to the Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor program.
Singh, P., & Wojcik, T. G. (2018, June), Assessment and Evaluation of Villanova University’s Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor Program Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29831
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