ERIC Number: ED455857
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May-10
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Entrepreneurship Education in the Virginia Community College System: A Doctoral Dissertation.
Drury, Richard L.
This dissertation discusses the results of two surveys--one of community college presidents and one of community college students--conducted to determine the existing and planned entrepreneurship credit and noncredit programs within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and the interest in these programs from students enrolled in business courses. For the presidents' survey, 11 out of 23 of the VCCS colleges replied (48% response rate). Findings included: (1) nine colleges reported offering a small business management course; (2) only two colleges offered an Associate of Applied Science degree with an emphasis in entrepreneurship; (3) eight respondents offered noncredit courses to the local business community; (4) seven colleges responded that there are no immediate plans for expanding credit courses in this field; and (5) four colleges did not perform any formal needs assessments of local businesses. For the students survey, 730 student responses were collected from enrollees in introductory business courses at 12 VCCS colleges. Findings included: (1) 49% indicated that they were considering opening their own businesses; and (2) 32% said they would enroll in credit courses in entrepreneurship. The author concludes that there is a gap between what Virginia's community colleges offer and what students would like to take in the field of entrepreneurship. Also discussed are workforce development and a curriculum development model. Appended are the Presidents' Survey, the Student Entrepreneurship Education Survey, the Local Business Community Surveys, and other survey and course materials. (Contains 39 references.) (EMH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia