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The Entrepreneurship Skill and Competency Assessment

Thursday, January 14, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Montoya
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1. Entrepreneurs, what skills and competencies do you need to be successful?

2. Faculty, do you know your students and what they need to know to be successful entrepreneurs?

If you have answered "no” to either of these questions, then you will find the Best Practice described in this article extremely meaningful!

In the Summer/Fall 2008 Community College Entrepreneurship article entitled "Best Practice: The DNA of an Entrepreneur” you were introduced to the "Successful Entrepreneur Traits Assessment Profile.” This article provides you 25 traits of successful entrepreneurs and suggested that everyone in the United States possessed Entrepreneurs DNA. As we all know, having the right genetics is extremely useful but it is not the only thing needed to be successful. Possessing such items as the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies and the right attitude, belief system and motivation is also valuable ingredients in achieving success.

This article introduces you to a powerful tool entitled: "Best Practice: The Entrepreneurship Skill and Competency Assessment.” The assessment focuses on the core skills and competencies enabling success in entrepreneurship.

The Entrepreneurship Skill and Competency Assessment is designed in support of and aligned to the learning objectives and outcomes of the Entrepreneurship curriculum and related courses. The assessment consists of a multiple choice assessment/test administered, in part, as a:

• Program and course pre and post test,

• Final Entrepreneurship Program exam,

• Proficiency exam, and

• Resource for Entrepreneur’s Development Planning.

Both students of entrepreneurship and faculty find enormous value in this best practice. The assessment enables students to:

• Assess their understanding of entrepreneurship,

• Understand their current entrepreneurship

• Define their learning plan–including identifying learning opportunities,

• Determine the degree of learning as they complete the targeted learning opportunities, and

• Measure progress and achievement.

The Entrepreneurship Skill and Competency Assessment allows faculty to:

• Understand their class composition,

• Adjust their teaching strategy appropriately to the needs of their students and classes,

• Measure and determine extent of learning gain,

• Reinforce learning,

• Know the current state of students-proficiency,

• Determine the intention of students – including the future needs of Entrepreneurs completing courses.

In conclusion, each of us possesses "The DNA of an Entrepreneur.” Knowing and developing skills and competencies are key to success. These skills and competencies are core to every Entrepreneurship Program. The "Entrepreneurship Skill and Competency Assessment” promotes the design, development and maintenance of a quality Entrepreneurship Curriculum. Students and faculty work synergistically through the use of this assessment.

A future article will address the categories that are the foundation of the Entrepreneurship Program curriculum referred to as the "E-Triangle.” Please feel free to contact me for additional information, questions or comments on the "Best Practice: The Entrepreneurship Skill and Competency Assessment” at

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