Dr. Jeff Cornwall, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Belmont University, is quoted in a recent story on entrepreneurship in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, focusing on how young entrepreneurs are seeking to create their own job security, and how colleges are helping them do it.
“Keeley is an example of a multigenerational shift in how young people regard entrepreneurship, said Jeff Cornwall, former chairman of St. Thomas’ entrepreneurship department who now holds the Jack C. Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship at Belmont University in Nashville.
Cornwall met tremendous resistance when he started an entrepreneurial program in the University of Wisconsin system in the 1980s, he said. “Students were afraid to tell classmates they were thinking about doing this,” he said. “Parents would call me, furious about putting these notions into their children’s minds.”
Stung by a generation of layoffs, however, parents began viewing the field as legitimate. Meanwhile, there was an explosion of college entrepreneurship courses.
In 1970, 16 entrepreneurial courses were offered at various business schools nationwide. By April 2003, when Entrepreneur magazine ranked college entrepreneurship courses, it had 700 to choose from – from single classes to full degree programs.
Students now can join entrepreneurial clubs and live in dorms dedicated to like-minded peers. Graduates are supported by mentors, networking groups and online peer chat rooms.
Dr. Cornwall publishes a weblog on entrpreneurialism, called The Entrepreneurial Mind, at http://forum.belmont.edu/cornwall