Insightful topic here, and much appreciated responses...all quite valid. We are often knee-jerked into espousing the stature of MIT and other hi-value, hi-cost, hi-publicity oriented universities, but I love hearing some of these responses that hint at the value of more vocational, less traditional schools. I am currently building out an Entrepreneurship Development track at University of Toledo, which as a leading research institution, especially recognized for Engineering (disclaimer: who I consult to), is a gratifying development in itself.
Schools may often have progressive educators, but without the administration and budget to support their interest/commitment, they're often left quite frustrated just teaching what should otherwise be practiced while the kids are still students...before they have the burden of debt and the responsibilities of family life etc. So, this is a great topic and again, much appreciated.
There is much change afoot across the board, but fueling this change at the academic level is a rare opportunity and one I'm not wasting a moment exploiting. Oh, and how fortuitous that Crowdfunding evolved precisely when it did, because that puts so much power in the hands of so many creative, naturally connected students that it's inevitable the impact will be palatable. Our program is designed with collaboration at the heart, so if anyone in academia is interested, please feel free to reach out.