June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 23, 2010
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
15.403.1 - 15.403.21
Development of a Leadership and Entrepreneurship Skills Assessment Instrument
Lawrence Technological University has implemented a required four year leadership curriculum for all undergraduate students. Because of the consequential overlap of leadership and entrepreneurial skills, the curriculum also addresses many aspects of the “entrepreneurial mindset” which includes communication, teamwork, ethical decision-making, opportunity recognition, persistence, creativity, innovation, creative problem solving, and critical thinking.
Individual components of the curriculum will be assessed as well as the curriculum as a whole. As one part of the assessment, a Leadership Self-Perception Assessment Instrument was developed. The instrument will aid in answering the following research questions: ≠ How do students perceive their own leadership traits and skills? ≠ Are students’ self-perceptions demonstrating growth in confidence in their leadership abilities because of the experiences and education from each component of the curriculum? ≠ What impact do all the courses in the four-year leadership curriculum have on this perception? ≠ What modifications are necessary to the curriculum to adequately address the student learning outcomes?
As implied by these research questions, the instrument will be used for both formative and summative assessment, as well as a longitudinal study of the leadership growth of the students.
Instrument development included conducting a focus group for validation, a test-retest to ensure temporal stability and internal consistency, and pilot testing in the second year component Leadership Models and Practices course. The instrument was administered at the beginning and end of the semester to determine the shift in perception of their leadership/entrepreneurial skills.
Entrepreneurship Lawrence Technological University (LTU) has offered engineering students entrepreneurial education programs for many years. Recognizing that graduates entering industry will require business and entrepreneurial skills, the College of Engineering developed an entrepreneurial certificate program and founded the Lear Entrepreneurial Center. The entrepreneurial certificate program develops student skills in communication and business components in the engineering profession and includes a multi-disciplinary capstone design experience for which teams are eligible for student venture grants administered by the institution. Several multi-year grants have strengthened the program through workshops, keynote speakers, faculty curriculum awards, student venture grants, and faculty incentives to work with industry sponsored student teams. Specifically, the College of Engineering received an invitation to participate as part of a larger initiative to develop the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN). The invitation also
Gerhart, A., & Carpenter, D., & Grunow, M., & Hayes, K. (2010, June), Development Of A Leadership And Entrepreneurship Skills Assessment Instrument Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/16332
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