Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Community development through entrepreneurship education: The perceived efficacy of community colleges and their entrepreneurship programs
by Fuline, Daniel J., Jr., Ph.D., Capella University, 2013, 116; 3551613
Abstract (Summary)

The primary purpose of the study was to determine how entrepreneurship education is supported in community colleges in the Midwestern state and to what extent those responsible for delivering entrepreneurship education programs perceive their efficacy on economic development and growth in local communities. The following research questions were addressed: 1) What perceived roles do Ohio community colleges play in promoting economic development and growth in local communities? 2) Do entrepreneurship education educators perceive their programs as fostering new venture creation in local communities? 3) What do entrepreneurship educators see as the contribution that community college entrepreneurship educators play in economic growth and development in Ohio communities? 4) Is there a difference in the perception of faculty members who teach in entrepreneurship programs when compared to the perceptions of the administrators of those programs? The participants in this multiple-case study included five faculty and five administrators at five different Ohio community colleges that were associated with entrepreneur classes or programs. Data were collected from a survey and a follow-up interview. Data from these sources were analyzed to convey a sense of how these participants perceived their entrepreneurship education. Findings revealed the following: (a) Entrepreneurship program improves economic development in region, (b) Entrepreneurship program enhances student access and success, (c) Entrepreneurship programs need data collection, (d) Entrepreneurship education contributes to risk-taking and the formation of new ventures.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gould, Ed
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 74/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Entrepreneurship, Business education, Administration of General Economic Programs, Business and Secretarial Schools, Junior Colleges
Keywords: Community colleges, Community development, Entrepreneurship education
Publication Number: 3551613
ISBN: 978-1-267-89509-7
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