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Overcoming Challenges

Monday, November 16, 2015   (0 Comments)
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In our post conference survey we asked attendees, "What are challenges in entrepreneurship education you'd like to solve in the NACCE community?" One of the trials most frequently mentioned was educating the academic side of the community college of the crossover impact of entrepreneurship and in conjunction, being able to have entrepreneurship curriculum implemented in more disciplines. Because this challenge was repeatedly stated, it's no surprise to us that Edgar Troudt's presentation on "Bringing Entrepreneurial Processes into the STEM Classroom" was a huge hit with our attendees.

Edgar, Assistant Professor of Tourism & Hospitality at CUNY's Kingsborough Community College, touched on how he was engaging his STEM students in the entrepreneurial method and showed the positive outcomes that this had on his students and colleagues. He encouraged us to:

  • Exercise collaborative consumption in the classroom and help students recognize the gaps and opportunities that exist. He gave examples such as AirBnB (sharing unused or empty space in your home in exchange for payment) and EatWith (sharing your meals with others for a price). A phrase that sums this up is teach entrepreneurship like you'd teach creative writing.
  • Embed entrepreneurship concepts in science courses or contextualize business engagements in the discipline. Don't "gut" seat time in the core discipline but instead convert projects into entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Create an inclusive entrepreneurial community. STEM faculty are experts in science, not necessarily in business so provide the professional development and student support for activities. 

Luciano Sappia, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator at Middlesex Community College, one of our ECIA Culture Catalysts, also touched on this subject matter through his presentation on, "The Art of the Ask: Connecting with Faculty in Other Disciplines". He encouraged attendees to:

  • Use a Common Language.
  • Let them be the Experts.
  • Create Shared Ownership.

How do you overcome this challenge on your campus? Tell us via Twitter! Make sure you tag @NACCE.

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