Miami's entrepreneurship program ranks 20th in the nationSep 22, 2010
Miami University's entrepreneurship program continued its strong
position among the top undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the
U.S., according to the latest survey conducted by Entrepreneur magazine
and The Princeton Review. Miami's Institute for Entrepreneurship,
located in the Farmer School of Business, was ranked 20th. This is the fourth time in the past five years that the program has been ranked in the top 25 nationally.
More than 2,000 entrepreneurship programs were evaluated by Entrepreneur and The Princeton Review in determining their list of the top 25 graduate and 25 undergraduate programs. The assessment considered institutions’ success in teaching strong entrepreneurship fundamentals in the classroom, staffing departments with instructors who are successful entrepreneurs, creating effective mentor relationships, and providing students with experiential or entrepreneurial opportunities outside of the classroom.
According to Jay Kayne, director of Miami’s Institute for Entrepreneurship, “Most of our students are actively engaged in real-world activities, whether through for-profit business ventures or an expanding range of choices within the realm of social entrepreneurship. Every member of our faculty is a seasoned entrepreneur, and we have cultivated significant mentor relationships among alumni and current students.”
Brett Smith, director of Miami’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship, said, “Our center continues to extend its ground-breaking work in undergraduate social entrepreneurship. Edun Live on Campus – a student-run partnership with Bono’s company – has expanded to more than 20 campuses, our strategic partnerships with world-class social entrepreneurs have provided on-the-ground international development learning experiences in Latin America, and our Institute for Social Entrepreneurship for future African leaders was funded by the U.S. Department of State for three years with a $480,000 grant.”
“Our entrepreneurship programs generate high quality concepts and projects, and student feedback is consistently enthusiastic,” said Dean Roger L. Jenkins of the Farmer School. “Whether or not they ultimately launch their own enterprise, students in our programs develop an entrepreneurial mindset that makes them agents of positive change within their organizations.”