Institutionalizing Entrepreneurship at Primarily
Grand Valley State
This panel discusses issues affecting entrepreneurship at primarily
undergraduate institutions (PUIs). We have three objectives: identify
common issues and concerns; strengthen the sense of community;
and plan future collaborations. PUIs represent the majority of institutions
and serve the majority of students, but differ from research universities.
PUIs usually have fewer students, resources, and facilities;
more limited faculty and staff expertise; higher teaching loads; less
external funding; and smaller research programs. Thus, PUIs tend
to emphasize ideation and the entrepreneurial mindset and process.
The panelists are PUI faculty collaborating to identify and document
best practices for supporting invention and innovation. Their initial
focus includes five areas: a body of knowledge and core competencies;
a stage gate model for team projects; curricular modules and
materials; frameworks to foster heterogeneous teams; and guidelines
for staffing and staff professional development.
>>Read the peer-reviewed paper here (PDF)