in entrepreneurship receives OK
The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher
Education recently approved a proposal to start an undergraduate degree in
entrepreneurship at Shippensburg University.
It is the first bachelor of science in
business administration entrepreneurship major in the State System and is part
of the John L. Grove College of Business, which is internationally accredited
and nationally ranked for its quality.
The new major,
which begins in the Fall 2016 semester, builds on the university’s
current and highly successful concentration in entrepreneurship. That
concentration was started in 2005, has nearly 70 students and has a 100 percent
employment rate for students who graduated with the minor. Between 20 and 25 students are expected to graduate from
the new program each year.
President Jody Harpster said the program will help students with great ideas to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. “It is designed
to give students
the skills, experience and
content knowledge to creatively pursue new opportunities and innovations for
market, non-profit and corporate venture start-ups,”
“Classes will provide students with the
academic and hands-on learning that will serve as a foundation for their
success. By combining a small, supportive incubator environment linked
to a high quality liberal arts education, students will have the opportunity
to become well-rounded independent entrepreneurs who will create value for the Commonwealth.”
Kooti, dean of Grove College, said, “Grove College
has a long history of providing high quality and high value business programs,
and the BSBA degree in
entrepreneurship is going to be a major distinguishing factor in attracting
business students and faculty to the university.”
According to Dr. William D. Oberman,
associate professor and chair of the management and marketing department, “The department is looking forward to
becoming the Department of Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship. Our
entrepreneurship graduates will receive the recognition they deserve and the
opportunity for an enhanced educational experience through a revised
curriculum and a supportive environment
that includes the Charles H. Diller Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Special thanks must be given Dr. Shelley
Morrisette, the founder of our former entrepreneurship concentration and the
creative force behind the new entrepreneurship major, as well as to Dean John Kooti and Associate Provost Tracy Schoolcraft for their critical role
in moving the proposal for the major forward.”
The program, which includes a unique “entrepreneurial ecosystem,” will further enhance
the university’s already strong partnerships throughout the region, and
is designed to meet the high standards for accreditation set by the Association
to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.
The entrepreneurial ecosystem is a combination of co-curricular
programs that provide hands-on learning to complement students’ academic
programming. The system includes the Charles
H. Diller Center for Entrepreneurial
Leadership and Innovation, Small Business Development Center and Brad E.
Hollinger Stock Trading Room.
student understanding of entrepreneurship.
It also includes student and academic competitions,
mentorship and “Ship Tank” in which
students pitch their entrepreneurial ideas.
Since it was
established in 1971, the business college
has established a
reputation of excellence as it produced
graduates who are leaders of business and industry around the world.