Testing the Waters – A Deliberate Approach to Entrepreneurism Curriculum Design
Developing a curriculum for Entrepreneurial Studies in an environment conscious of class size and enrollment is not for the faint of heart! This session outlines the journey of Entrepreneurism from buzzword of the day to curriculum research to the trial by fire known as curriculum committee. Learn how Jefferson Community College developed an Associate Degree emphasis in Entrepreneurism utilizing existing courses.
Entrepreneurism is much more than the fad of the day. With the United States evolving to a service-oriented economy, tremendous opportunities exist for those possessing the personality and skills necessary to work for themselves. An equally exciting opportunity exists for those educational institutions that serve the grass roots of their communities. The Associate of Applied Business Degree with an Entrepreneurship emphasis allows today’s community college to engage the credit student who may desire a career as an entrepreneur.
The outline of the evolution of the Entrepreneurship program at Jefferson Community College in Steubenville, Ohio will be shared with participants. Included will be:
· Program Rationale
· Course Rationale
· Catalogue Grids
· Contribution of Assessment Activities
· Cross-Curriculum Involvement
· Advisory Committee Contributions
· Winning at Curriculum Committee
· Assessment Procedures
· Strategies for Coexistence with the Non-Credit Community/Industrial Training Department
Additionally, participants will be invited to engage in a discussion to share best practices in curriculum development and to discuss the potential of entrepreneurship education.
Hand-outs provided will include program requirement grid worksheets, suggested timelines, and suggestions for utilizing existing courses.
Ken Knox, Ph.D., Program Director, Business Management, Jefferson Community College, OH