month's cover article, Open for Business,
notes that entrepreneurship programs have
proved a continuing draw despite the dot-com
meltdown. Although fewer students are involved
in the programs, these students' motivation
appears focused on how to conceptualize a
product, develop it, and sell it. The students
participating in these programs seem truly
interested in principles of entrepreneurshipbuilding
a great company and pursing new opportunitiesand
continue to embrace entrepreneurship education.
a Little R&R, four great engineering deansnow ex-deansErnie
Smerdon (University of Arizona, 10 years), Lyle Feisel (SUNY Binghamton,
17 years), J. Ray Bowen (University of Washington, 15 years), and Earl
Dowell (Duke University, 16 years) tell what it's like to give
up the dean's job. Each has a good story and a different scenario,
but all are thoughtful, upbeat, and inspiring. Return to teaching, yes,
but also writing and studying, travel, tennis, and snorkeling. If retirement
is in your future, you may find some interesting ideas here.
now the University of California Merced is just a field of dreams
sandwiched between a golf course and a recreational lake and marked
modest wooden sign. But UC officials, including David Ashley, former
dean of the College of Engineering at Ohio State University, have major
plans for UC Merced, which is to be the 10th campus of UC's string
of prestigious universities that stretch from Berkeley in the north
to San Diego in the south. The challenge is not just to create a new
university but to reverse the poor economic health of the state's
Central Valley, which boasts a large Hispanic population. Formidable
challenges include a population growing 30 percent faster than rest
of California with historically the highest high school dropout rate,
lowest college graduation rate, and lowest median income in the state.
Plans are to build a school that places special emphasis on science
and engineering in order to draw industries to the area by providing
a much larger skilled labor pool. Can UC Merced develop the local economy
by creating applied research professions that will attract new industries?
Read The Man Behind Merced, and decide what you think the
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