From the Director

In December, with the support and advice from many faculty and entrepreneurial leaders, the School of Hotel Administration (SHA) launched an entrepreneurship concentration for students. The 12-credit concentration features a mix of required and elective courses that are set up to expose students to academic curriculum that serves as a foundation for their entrepreneurial journeys both during their time as students and also as graduates. With ten courses in entrepreneurship at SHA taught by five faculty members, the courses also feature guest lectures from entrepreneurs.

The entrepreneurship concentration is directly aligned with our mission to support the academic entrepreneurial curriculum of SHA. With an increased student interest in entrepreneurship education, new course offerings are currently in development. It is important that we maintain a delicate balance of focus in our offerings yet scale to meet the increasing demand for entrepreneurship courses.

Recently, SHA obtained AACSB’s unit-level accreditation. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is the longest-serving accrediting body for business schools, accrediting fewer than 5 percent of the world’s business programs. The AASCB International Accreditation opens up the possibility for us to pursue a ranking in the future. Further, the entrepreneurship concentration strategically aligns to complement the programming offered as part of our experiential learning and engagement opportunities.

We hope you will become engaged as we aim to create opportunities that will make a difference in the global hospitality industry. Visit our website to learn more about getting involved.

Best regards,
 
Mona Anita K. Olsen, PhD, SHA ‘04
Assistant Academic Director, The Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship
Visiting Assistant Professor