Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise (ESE)

The Program offers an interdisciplinary minor in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise

Educational Goal

Through the ESE minor students are encouraged to take advantage of their knowledge, creative skills, and resources to identify and pursue opportunities, initiate change, and create sustainable value in their lives and the lives of others. A minor in entrepreneurship and social enterprise coupled with any major is designed to enable students to maximize their involvement in the local community and society.
Learning Outcomes. We expect our minors to develop core competencies in creativity and entrepreneurship. We expect them to understand the fundamentals of starting non-profit and for-profit ventures. It is important that they learn to manage and grow a venture from start-up to exit strategy. With these competences they can then apply creative and entrepreneurial thinking to the specific knowledge of their chosen field. Tracking Undergraduates has become one of our priorities. Through the leadership of our administrative and teaching staff we have developed the following learning outcomes for our course offerings and experiential activities.

Learning Outcomes for Student who minor in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise at WFU

Learning Outcome Courses that cover this LO How to assess
  Students will have core competencies in Creativity and Innovation  ESE 100 Creativity and Innovation  Online portfolio creation. % of minors with online portfolios.
 Students will learn the fundamentals of starting and non-profit or for-profit ventures.  ESE 101 Foundations in Entrepreneurship   A pre- and post-test will be administered in ESE 101. Changes in competences will be tracked within semesters and over time.
  Students will learn the process of managing and growing an entrepreneurial venture.   ESE 205 Managing the Entrepreneurial Venture: Start-Ups to Early Growth   A pre- and post- will be administered in ESE 205. Changes in competences will be tracked within and between semesters.
 Students will learn to apply creative, innovative and entrepreneurial thinking in courses in a variety of departments   ESE Electives   Among graduating ESE minors the percentages who complete their elective requirement by taking 1, 2, or 3 specially designed ESE elective courses.
  Students will participate in research under the mentorship of faculty members and present their research publically.   ESE 391 Independent Study   # of minors enrolled in ESE 391 and/or who present at WFURF or comparable meetings or venues. We will also track the number of student published papers, presentations and competitions.
  Students will participate in the creation of start-up and entrepreneurial ventures. These include not-for-profit and for-profit experiences.  ESE 350 Internship   # of minors enrolled in ESE 350, plus all other students participating in CICE sponsored summer internships, seed grants, and other impactful experiences.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes