June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
12.790.1 - 12.790.9
Graduate Certificates in Entrepreneurism – A Survey of Existing Programs as a Guide to Creating New Graduate Certificate Programs
Graduate Certificate programs are emerging as a way for traditional graduate students to add a narrow academic concentration outside their primary degree area, and for the general citizenry easy access to graduate level instruction. In this paper, two universities that have been active in internal entrepreneurial engineering activities at both the undergraduate and graduate level will report on a cooperative survey of existing entrepreneurship and project management-focused Graduate Certificate programs made in preparation to creating their own programs.
These Graduate Certificate programs were examined for program ownership, number of hours required, internal or external student focus, classes required or offered as electives, time limits on degree completion, as well as several other program attributes of interest to the academic community. While the authors found a wide divergence of graduate certificate programs available in the U.S. and other countries, there were commonalities in structure and content that would be of interest to other universities considering creating such a graduate certificate in their own institution.
In this paper, the authors will present the results of their survey and will also discuss the process by which each institution is implementing their own graduate certificate. In addition to the published paper, the detailed data gathered during the survey will be made available to other educational institutions that are interested in considering this as a method to increase graduate level entrepreneurial activities in the internal and external communities that they serve.
Interest in collegiate-level engineering or technology entrepreneurship has been increasing at a rapid rate over the past 10 years. Examples of this interest are easily found:
• The Entrepreneurship (ENT) Division within ASEE in 2000 and ENT Division membership now has over 550 members, indicating a strong interest from individual faculty members and their institutions. • A supportive national organization for these entrepreneurial efforts (the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance - NCIIA1) was formed in 1995 under financial support of the Lemelson Foundation2, with the number of NCIIA member institutions now standing at 339. The NCIIA provides encouragement of technology entrepreneurship education through training and developmental grants to support technology entrepreneurship courses, programs and E-teams. • ASME is establishing the Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEEI) which will initially provide collegiate-level entrepreneurship support. This effort
Vickers, K., & Kisenwether, E. (2007, June), Graduate Certificates In Entrepreneurism ? A Survey Of Existing Programs As A Guide To Creating New Graduate Certificate Programs Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1851
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