The Minnesota Private College Council newsletter takes a look at how programs in entrepreneurship are becoming all the rage among colleges:
Deeds sees the spate of new programs and centers promoting entrepreneurship as part of a larger trend. “In the 1990s, most of the major business schools had one entrepreneurship course in their MBA program. In the last decade, most graduate and undergraduate business programs have added a fuller spectrum of entrepreneurship courses,” he said. From there, even non-traditional business schools have added coursework, programming and other efforts to encourage entrepreneurship.
What is driving this emphasis? Shane Bowyer, a professor of business administration at Bethany Lutheran College, sees efforts to foster young entrepreneurs as driven in part by tough economic conditions and fewer jobs. “Lots of students are going to school to get a job but don’t realize that entrepreneurship is an option that’s out there,” he said.
And most institutions encouraging entrepreneurship realize that it’s a subject that shouldn’t be limited to just business students.