KSU to offer entrepreneurship major
KSU to offer entrepreneurship major
KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug 15, 2016) — Excerpt of Article: Kennesaw State University is about to launch a first for the University System of Georgia — an undergraduate degree program in entrepreneurship.
The university system’s Board of Regents voted Aug. 10 to authorize the new major at KSU’s Coles College of Business. The first classes will start during the fall semester of next year.
There are dozens of entrepreneurship degree programs across the country, led by Babson College, a small private business college in Massachusetts that has made entrepreneurship education its central focus.
But the idea of establishing an entrepreneurship major in Georgia didn’t begin to blossom until two years ago, when Robin Cheramie, then the newly installed chair of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at Coles, sat down to brainstorm with Christopher Hanks, executive director of The Entrepreneurship Center at KSU.
“It started as an innocent conversation on how we could bring entrepreneurship to our students,” Cheramie said.
Cheramie said the two first talked about creating some courses in entrepreneurship, then about attaching it as a minor to a related degree program. Then, Hanks suggested taking the idea full bore by making entrepreneurship a major course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree.
“We want to help students understand the realities of starting a business,” Cheramie said. “We don’t believe all our majors will go out and start a business. But they will be entrepreneurial within their companies.”
Next came the task of pitching the idea to officials at Coles and KSU, then selling it to the Board of Regents. To do that, The Entrepreneurship Center lined up testimonials from more than 60 local employers willing and eager to hire graduates coming out of the new program.
The new major will feature four core courses, including one called “The Entrepreneurial Mind.” The other core subjects will teach students how to market a new business, how to finance a startup company and how to develop a business plan.
KSU expects to have 80 students enrolled in the entrepreneurship program during its first year, most of whom will be shifting into the major from other programs at the university. But as the new major catches on, projections call for enrollment to grow to 138 students by the fourth year, the vast majority of whom will be incoming freshmen and transfers new to KSU.
“There are high school programs in entrepreneurship that are launching,” Cheramie said. “We may be seeing a funnel.”
“My guess is Kennesaw will blow this out of the water,” said Regent Rutledge Griffin Jr., a member of the board’s Academic Affairs Committee. “I think this is the beginning of something very exciting.”
Name of Publication:
Atlanta Business Chronicle
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.