Best Colleges for Social Entrepreneurs (According to CNNs Editorial Straw Poll)
Top University Programs for Social Entrepreneurs
Here is CNN’s list of top schools for social innovators and entrepreneurs:
Babson College (#26 on Gray Pinstripes Ranking)
Columbia Universitty (#10 on Gray Pinstripes Ranking)
Cornell University (#12 on Gray Pinstripes Ranking)
Duke University (#16 on Gray Pinstripes Ranking)
New York University (#8 on Gray Pinstripes Ranking)
Stanford University (#4 on Gray Pinstripes)
University of Arizona (********I don’t think they made the gray pinstripes top #100 ********* Also, they don’t feature it as a core component of their website)
University of California at Berkeley (#6 on Gray Pinstripes)
University of Colorado at Boulder (#37 on Gray Pinstripes)
Yale University (#3 on Gray Pinstripes)
Looking for universities with a strong X without Borders (Doctors, Engineers, Designers, etc…), Net Impact, or Ashoka U (a big university outreach program from the Ashoka). For instance the here are some Ashoka University Changemaker campuses from 2009, 2010, and 2011:
Arizona State University
Babson College (one of the top programs for entrepreneurs more generally and the president at Babson is taking their program in new and interesting directions)
College of the Atlantic (???)
Cornell University (Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise & Stuart Hart is influential in both sustainability and the emerging markets space)
George Mason University (also an advantage given it is located just outside Washington DC)
Johns Hopkins University (Center for Social Concern & Hopkins Social Innovations Partnership, which I believe is housed with the Center for Social Concern–also located relatively close to Washington DC)
The New School
Tulane University (this program is making big strides, particularly in international development type work, including the Levy-Rosenblum Institute at the Freeman School of Business)
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Maryland (Located near Washington DC).
Duke University (CASE at Duke) a consistent top player in the social entrepreneurship space
Nathaniel Whitemore, who worked in the social entrepreneurship program at Northwestern University points to these programs from Northwestern, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and Vanderbilt University.
Arizona and Babson seem odd inclusions. Although Babson does have a highly ranked entrepreneurship program. However, I’m not sure how that translates into institutional, cultural, and professional support necessary to put it much less Arizona in the top 11 included.
Gray Pinstripes MBA Rankings for the Top Sustainable and CSR Masters in Business Administration Programs
Here are the top 25 of 100 from the Beyond Gray Pinstripes study from the Aspen Institute:
5) Notre Dame
6) UC Berkeley
7) RSM Eramus
9) IE Business School
11) University of Virginia
13) George Washington University
14) University of North Carolina
15) Simmons School of Management
18] Duquesne (Donahue)
19) University of New Mexico (Anderson)
20) University of Denver (Daniels)
21) University of San Diego School of Business Administration
22) Loyola University Chicago Graduate School of Business
23) Nottingham University Business School
24) Ohio State (Fisher)
25) Portland State University School of Business Administration
My Evaluation of Gray Pinstripes Ranking
Initially, I don’t really have much of a way to evaluate the inclusions from nations other than the US.
The Beyond Graypinstripes Study includes a full 1 to 100 ranking and is so more robust and credible than the CNN version. Admittedly, Gray pinstripes does include a slightly different focus. Although its important to note that Grey Pinstripes seems to have a bias for green tech & corporate socially over more traditional social entrepreneurship.
My Critique of CNN’s “Best Colleges for Social Entrepreneurs”
CNN has created a listing of what it believes to be the top universities for social entrepreneurs, however it was created by the FSB staff and doesn’t explain the nature of the inclusion. Also, is this about corporate social responsibility, clean and sustainable technology, micro enterprise, or some other focus to social entrepreneurship????
Further, the omission of University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), the University of Virginia, Brown University, the University of Texas (Austin), and the University of Indiana seems pretty odd as well. I think using this list without looking at the US News Rankings Nonprofit MBA Rankings as well as Grey Pinstripes wouldn’t be wise. (Note: Phds.org also has a custom engine which allows you to specify what you want out of a graduate program and it provides the most viable answers according to its ranking algorithm) The Gray Pinstripes study has a distinct criteria which they explain on their website–also its not limited to only 11 results. Also, the nature of the list makes it look like a ranking….when it really isn’t.
Also, there are so many different types of social entrepreneurship that these eleven can only be taken as interesting or nice suggestions. Which criteria did they use? Which list of programs did they start from? Its also a little unclear which specific program at the university they classified as “social entrepreneurship.” How do we know some universities inclusion aren’t based on the collective authors/editors attendance of said university? Also, some of the descriptions read like….they offer two classes in social entrepreneurship….I’m confused why that program deserves a ranking or inclusion in a list. Such journalistic irresponsibility or sloppiness by a major media organization with sufficient funds to make a decent analysis seems a bit shoddy.