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ACU named a top entrepreneurial college

For immediate release
July 20, 2004

Entrepreneur Magazine listed Abilene Christian University in the 2004 edition of its Top 100 Entrepreneurial Colleges rankings, which honor the best entrepreneurship programs in the United States.

The magazine selected 279 colleges and universities out of 825 surveyed, and grouped them into the top 50 national programs, the top 50 regional programs, 61 entrepreneurship emphasis programs, and 118 limited curriculum programs. ACU was listed in the third tier of the limited curriculum programs.

"We're delighted that the College of Business Administration has been recognized as a 2004 Entrepreneurial College," said Dr. Monty Lynn, acting dean.  "Entrepreneurship is the engine behind economic growth, both in start-ups and in new product and service development."

Opportunities for students in entrepreneurship practice and training exist throughout the college and are continuing to expand, Lynn said.

"Right out of the blocks, freshmen create and manage a firm, sell a product, and then donate the profits to a beneficiary," Lynn said.  "As they progress through their studies, entrepreneurship is reinforced. Management students take a course in entrepreneurship, marketing students provide marketing research consultation to new ventures, and the entire college is exposed to entrepreneurs in our Distinguished Lecture series."

 ACU students and faculty are also engaged in social entrepreneurship through service learning.  Two business faculty members recently co-authored a case study with Joyce Dalzell, the director of FaithWorks, a local job-training organization. 

"We're grateful to several entrepreneurs who have challenged us to move forward in entrepreneurship – the results are showing," Lynn said.

Other Texas colleges listed in the magazine's rankings are Angelo State University, Baylor University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Rice University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University at Commerce, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University, Texas Woman’s University, University of Houston, University of North Texas and University of Texas at Austin.

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