Entrepreneurship in Education Reform
Course Number 1602
Winter; Q3Q4; 3 credits
Entrepreneurship in Education Reform (EER) is an elective course for second year MBA students and cross-registrants who are interested in creating, leading, or supporting education enterprises with the purpose of driving higher levels of academic achievement for all K-12 students in the United States.
Two central questions run through the course: 1) Is there a link between effective leadership and management practices and higher educational outcomes, and 2) Will the introduction of market principles such as transparency of performance data, accountability for results at the individual and organizational level, and choices for customers among service providers force change on the public system and lead to higher performance? EER challenges students to consider these questions by examining the complexities of the existing education system, the strategies of entrepreneurial organizations that are attempting to address root causes of the performance problems in urban education, and the entrepreneurial behavior of leaders and managers trying to affect systemic change in both traditional and new types of public schools.
The course is split into two distinct components: 1) classroom case-based discussions (18 sessions) and 2) team-based field project (equivalent to 10 class sessions) with a sponsoring organization or an approved student originated project. The team-based field project is designed to give students an opportunity to gain real-life experience addressing some of the challenges facing social entrepreneurs in the education sector and apply some of the conceptual frameworks covered in classroom discussions.
This course is part of a portfolio of courses relevant to Social Enterprise. For a full listing, see the Social Enterprise Initiative website.