Richard Newton, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California-Berkeley, and chair of the Kauffman Panel on Entrepreneurship Curriculum in Higher Education, passed away on January 2, 2007. Dean Newton's extraordinarily vision led the panel to take a fresh and in-depth look at all instructional approaches now available in the sector, and then fashion the kind of practical study program that will be truly multidisciplinary in nature and responsive to the real needs of a marketplace. We extend our condolences to Rich's family, friends and colleagues.
Rodney Brooks, Ph.D., director of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
William Green, Ph.D., dean of The College at the University of Rochester.
R. Glenn Hubbard, Ph.D., dean of the Columbia Business School at Columbia University.
Dipak Jain, Ph.D., dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Linda Katehi, Ph.D., provost, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
George McLendon, Ph.D., dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences at Duke University.
Jim Plummer, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering at Stanford University.
Myron Roomkin, Ph.D., the Alfred J. Weatherhead, III professor of Management and dean at Case Western Reserve University.
In January 2006, the Foundation formed the Kauffman Panel on Entrepreneurship Curriculum in Higher Education – a multidisciplinary panel of distinguished scholars who will provide recommendations for a comprehensive approach to teaching entrepreneurship to college students.
Through the Panel, the Foundation seeks to create a framework that becomes the gold standard for an exemplary university-level educational program in entrepreneurship. Though entrepreneurial activity has played a dominant role in the U.S. economy for decades, the study of entrepreneurship is relatively new to higher education – and what is taught is not consistent from institution to institution.
The Kauffman Panel’s charter will be to review best-practices and develop a well-articulated common set of principles and skills for entrepreneurship that can be taught. Such a canon will significantly accelerate the rate at which students become aware of entrepreneurial activity, its importance to our economy and society, and the extraordinary future opportunities it offers.
To assist in developing the new curriculum guidelines, panel members will evaluate relevant research about the process of successful business formation and will review what has been learned in the many existing programs on entrepreneurship under way throughout the United States.
The report is now available for download