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04-26-2004

Clarkson University Again Makes Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 100 Entrepreneurial Colleges and Universities List

Clarkson University is one of the top 100 entrepreneurial colleges and universities in the United States, according to the May issue of Entrepreneur magazine. More than 825 entrepreneurship programs were researched for the study. Clarkson appears in the list of the top 26 regionally recognized entrepreneur programs in the country.

There was a time when entrepreneurship education was limited to a few courses, taught in still fewer business schools. Today, it has grown to include full-fledged doctoral degree programs, university departments, endowed professorships, and even a change in the way universities approach educating their students.

David Newton, CEO of TechKnowledge Point Corp., the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based venture research firm that compiled the data for Entrepreneur’s Top 100 Listing, says the cross-curriculum movement promises to institutionalize entrepreneurial thinking in higher education outside of the business school, making it part of far more students’ educations.

Newton feels that a high-quality liberal arts education is now viewed as a perfect complement to an entrepreneurship education and perspective, and vice versa.

Tim Sugrue, dean of Clarkson’s School of Business, agrees. “However,” he says, “a Clarkson business education goes even further. Our market-driven majors and state-of-the-art technology prepare our students to hit the road running in a business environment being revolutionized on a global scale.”

Clarkson’s School of Business has also been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its academic excellence. In its Best Colleges 2004 issue, the School’s Supply Chain Management program was ranked 16th in the nation. In addition, Clarkson’s Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management program is considered by many in industry to be the best of its kind in the nation. “We take this recognition by Entrepreneur Magazine as further confirmation that we are on the right academic track,” remarked Sugrue.

Entrepreneur’s second annual evaluation study was conducted from September to December 2003. It is the most credible and comprehensive analysis of entrepreneurship programs at U.S. colleges and universities in the country. The final rankings were based on more than 70 separate criteria, including course offerings, teaching and research faculty, business-community outreaches, research centers and institutes, degrees and certificates offered, and faculty and alumni evaluations.   

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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