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January 26, 2011 / compassioninpolitics

Top Universities for Social Entrepreneurs

I’ve aggregated a great deal of content on the issue of the best university for social entrepreneurs here at Compassion in Politics. One other guide post for making that evaluation is looking at which universities have partnerships with key social innovation organizations like Starting Bloc. As such, here is the list of those Universities with partnerships with Starting Bloc:

NYU Wagner (Graduate School of Public Service)
Carnegie Mellon University (Heinz College)
University of Rochester (Simon Grad School of Business)
Massaschusetts Institute of Technology (MIT Sloan)
Tufts University (The Fletcher School)
Duke University (Fuqua School of Business)
Columbia University (Columbia School of Business)
American University
University of Chicago (Chicago GSB)
Yale University (Yale School of Management)

I realize this is just one criteria in a whole ecosystem of important factors. You can find more info by checking Beyond Grey Pinstripes (which focuses on MBA programs, although generally from a sustainability perspective). Net Impact, which is an organization for young social entrepreneurs also gives an overview of what each university offers in the area of social enterprise–and so is worth checking out. You may also want to check out non-profit management programs, international development programs (or public health), top education programs, or public policy programs at US News and World Report depending on your desired focus or niche. You may also want to check out the current Changemaker campuses at Ashoka (This year its: Arizona State University, Babson College, College of the Atlantic, Duke University, George Mason University, Marquette University, The New School, Tulane University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Maryland). Although, I dont know why College of the Atlantic or Marquette would really be draws. Many of the others have respected MBA and business schools, public policy programs, or nonprofit management programs. The others also have more reputation and seem like more ideal places to pursue both academic and experiential learning (ie the adjoining city community offers opportunity to build experience, skills, and networks)

The only university I don’t recall seeing elsewhere is the University of Rochester–even though it is ranked among some of the top business schools.

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  1. compassioninpolitics / Jan 27 2011 3:22 am

    Finally this article from Care2 speaks to other innovative programs in this area:
    1) University of Pennsylvania (Wharton including the work of Mauro F. Guillén)
    2) NYU (Reynolds) Note: Wagner I believe also has a role
    3) Yale University
    4) Harvard University
    5) Cornell University (to be fair Michigan has a similar and perhaps greater level of commitment to base of the pyramid poverty initiaitves)

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