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Why Size Doesn’t Matter: Enabling entrepreneurship, innovation and invention in small private design and liberal arts colleges

The rapidly evolving fields of design, entrepreneurship, innovation and technology invention present a unique challenge to the limited budgets and capacities of small, private design and liberal arts colleges. While their larger university peers benefit from having diverse disciplines and departments all represented under one roof, small design and liberal arts colleges face real, practical constraints. But small colleges are responding with innovative solutions to integrate design, entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology invention into both graduate and undergraduate education. Through the development of interdisciplinary centers, student-led initiatives, partnerships with larger universities, nonprofits and companies, small colleges are reinventing design education, challenging the limits of traditional disciplines, and demonstrating the power of design and liberal arts education to enable the next generation of innovators and inventors.