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University of Iowa News Release

May 17, 2004

UI Entrepreneurship Program Receives National Recognition For Program Achievement

The entrepreneurship program offered through the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) at the University of Iowa has received national recognition for its innovative campus-wide program.

In the May 2004 issue of Entrepreneur magazine, the UI is named one of the top Entrepreneurial Colleges and Universities in the United States. The UI entrepreneurship program has been ranked in the top 26 schools with comprehensive entrepreneurial programs at nationally prominent colleges and universities. The UI entrepreneurship program appears in the second tier of the list of the top 50 nationally recognized academic programs in the country.

The final rankings are based on more than 70 separate criteria, including course offerings, teaching and research faculty, business-community outreach, research centers and institutes, degrees and certificates offered, and faculty and alumni evaluations.

Earlier this year, the UI's undergraduate entrepreneurship program was recognized as a National Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). The UI is one of only 10 institutions to have received this prestigious award.

"To be recognized as one of the top entrepreneurship programs in the country is very exciting. The university's commitment to providing all UI students access to advanced entrepreneurship education has allowed JPEC to attract outstanding faculty and students. Students from over 40 different majors are currently participating in our academic program. JPEC is uniquely positioned to foster the development of the next generation of successful Iowa entrepreneurs and leaders," said David Hensley, JPEC director.

Established in 1996 through the generous support of John and Mary Pappajohn, JPEC provides a unique opportunity for all UI students to take courses in entrepreneurship and earn a Certificate in Entrepreneurship in addition to their undergraduate major. JPEC also partners with Iowa community colleges to teach entrepreneurship programs statewide, offers several programs to foster the development of entrepreneurial skills in Iowa's youth, and supports the creation of sustainable technology companies in Iowa.

The survey results also appear on the Entrepreneur website at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: David Hensley, UI JPEC, 319-335-0992