musketeers. RCES Director David Minor '80 and businessmen Steve
Smith and Jim Ryffel '81 (MBA '84, RM '98)
to spell, entrepreneurship is surprisingly simple: start a business to
from the French entreprendre, means, literally, "one who undertakes."
near the last quarter-century mark, that word began to invade the business
and academic world. It didn't matter if one was selling car parts or diet
pills or computer software, if he or she stepped out, took the risk, that
person was an entrepreneur.
born-versus-bred theory about entrepreneurs. Some, like David Minor '80,
director of the TCU Ryffel Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (RCES),
believe many budding entrepreneurs lose their spark during the educational
a desire to create something is what makes an entrepreneur," said
Minor, an entrepreneur who built a college lawn-mowing venture that started
with his grandmother's lawn into a multimillion-dollar business. "That,
and the willingness to take a little bit of risk, though a calculated
risk, to control your own destiny." A lot of students want to eventually
own their own business, Minor said, pointing out that the new Ryffel Center
is largely the result of student demand.
think exposing them to basic practices and other entrepreneurs is going
to help," he said. "A lot don't pursue entrepreneurial endeavors
because they never had a role model, they never had anybody tell them,
'Hey, you can do this.' "
Center, an entity within the Neeley School, is one of only a few programs
in the country that will offer a bachelor's degree in entrepreneurial
management. Extracurricular activities, a mentoring program and internships
will add value to the basic curriculum.
the center will offer youth initiatives such as a camp and scholarships
as well as extended education for those wanting to start a business or
needing help with an existing one.
40,000-square-foot Sarah and Steve Smith Entrepreneurs Hall will be a
celebration of a way of thinking and designed as a gathering place for
students from across campus. It will house the Ryffel Center as well as
the student-run Venture Capital Program and other experiential learning
programs being developed.
it will have a conference center for a planned collegiate entrepreneurs
organization and classrooms. But ultimately, the program's success lies
in the product they deliver, Minor said.
bottom line is we have to deliver something really good," Minor said.
"Our goals are significant. We want to impact the entrepreneurial
community at the high school, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
are big goals, but there is no doubt in my mind that we will accomplish
them, and that this program will have a lasting impact on both the TCU
and the Fort Worth communities."
Center is far from alone in that endeavor. Across the curriculum, the
Neeley School has come a long way from commercial arithmetic and secretarial
sciences. Technology is the operative word for new programs.
They come for the future. Undergraduates who earn the new electronic business
degree will be on the front line of the technology explosion, equipped
with the technical and business skills they will need to guide corporations
through the Internet, extranets, intranets, computer languages and databases,
and their applications. TCU is the first university accredited by AACSB,
the International Association for Management Education, to offer such
MBA. The Accelerated MBA Program is a 12-month, full-time option for MBA
students with professional work experience and a strong academic background
in business.╩ The program offers a fast-paced, individually tailored curriculum
to build upon the student's own unique business background.
MBA. The new Executive MBA (EMBA) is a rigorous program for highly motivated
executives. Students must have at least eight years of experience to enroll.
Classes are held Saturdays and many course assignments are done online
on a school-issued laptop. Two new courses begin every other month; part
of one summer is spent abroad.
at Alliance. The high-tech classroom facility quietly opened last fall
at Alliance Airport in North Fort Worth. In addition to a range of technology-based
continuing education classes, the TCUglobalcenter houses classes for the
EMBA, the Charles Tandy American Enterprise Center and the online master
of liberal arts program.
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