Agenda Item No. V. B. 5.

Washburn University Board of Regents



The Center for Entrepreneurship is proposing a Certificate Program that is offered to all Washburn students. The Certificate of Entrepreneurship is valuable for any student on campus. The Entrepreneurship certificate is characterized by its contemporary, integrative approach to management of emerging firms. It is designed for the student who seeks to be an entrepreneur in start-up ventures, operate a family business, or works as an entrepreneurial change agent within a corporate setting. Companies want to hire graduates with initiative, showing entrepreneurial characteristics.

The Entrepreneurship Certificate Program Mission:

Provide academic, experiential, and interactive learning in entrepreneurial and personal enterprise.

The Steering Committee provided guidance in the development of a curriculum for a certificate program. The orientation of the certificate program is much more than small business start-up. Rather, the certificate program will ultimately serve to:


1. Offer a sound and quality entrepreneurial education that is inclusive to a culturally diverse set of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and training.

2. Create an entrepreneurship program that builds bridges among different disciplines on campus via offering courses that cross traditional boundaries.

The University Council approved the proposal on December 10, 2002.

The General Faculty approved the proposal on January 30, 2003.


President Farley recommends Board of Regents approval of a Certificate Program in Entrepreneurship.

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(date) Jerry B. Farley, President

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