Xavier University Once Again Ranked Among Best for Entrepreneurship

Fifth year in a row for honor. | September 10, 2008

 In a survey of more than 2,300 schools just released by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine, Xavier University was distinguished as one of the top schools for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the country. Xavier is ranked 24th. This is the fifth year in a row Xavier's has been recognized among the top schools in the nation.

 The list features both undergraduate and graduate programs. All schools surveyed were evaluated based on key criteria in the areas of academics and requirements, students and faculty, and outside-the-classroom experiences. Xavier was ranked among the best along with such schools as Baylor, Temple, DePaul, Babson College, and Syracuse.
“The effort of our faculty and advisory boards to offer an outstanding entrepreneurial experience for the students continues to attract national attention.  Dr. Daewoo Park, director of the center, and his colleagues are working hard to continue this five-year tradition of being ranked among the best schools in the nation,” says Ali Malekzadeh, Dean of the Williams College of Business.
“We are honored to once again be included in the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine list,” adds Daewoo Park, Director of the Williams College of Business Entrepreneurial Center.  “We are also looking forward to two new initiatives which will further Xavier’s entrepreneurial growth. One is Ohio’s only statewide college entrepreneurship conference and competition on October 23-24 which will be held at the Cintas Center. It’s being sponsored by Ohio Treasurer Richard Cordray. We are also starting the Xavier Black Belt Entrepreneurship Certificate program.”
The first of its kind in the nation, the Black Belt Entrepreneurship Certificate is for both undergraduate students and those in the business community. It offers yellow, green, blue and black belts, allowing students to continue to learn and improve their skills. Just as in a traditional martial arts program, students will be tested in front of a panel of experts and must pass before moving on to study at the next level.
Xavier was ranked 17th last year. The change in ranking is due to nearly double the number of schools participating in the survey, which underscores the growing number of entrepreneurial courses nationwide and the established mainstream appeal of business ownership.
 Experiential learning, courses in social and environmental entrepreneurship, and more involvement with nearby communities of business leaders are some of the emerging trends among schools. Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s vice president of publishing, says the ranking shows that while there are overall trends, each program offers something unique for students, and that the ranking highlights “schools that are exceptional for specific reasons.”
“Aspiring business owners want not just to learn, but to do, and today’s top colleges are responding to that demand,” says Amy Cosper, VP/editor in chief at Entrepreneur. “We’re finding schools focus more on helping students determine an idea’s feasibility, plan and set up all aspects of a business, and network more with other entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. The opportunities keep expanding—and our ranking is an excellent launching point for a prospective student’s research.”
For a complete listing of the schools ranked and a full database of details on each of their programs, visit www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges
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