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University of Iowa News Release

March 31, 2005

UI JPEC Ranked Among Top 50 By Entrepreneur Magazine

Entrepreneur magazine has ranked the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) at the University of Iowa among the top 50 nationally recognized academic programs in the country.

In the April 2005 issue of the magazine, the JPEC program appears in the second tier of the list of the top comprehensive entrepreneurial programs at nationally prominent colleges and universities in the United States.

"We are pleased to be recognized by Entrepreneur magazine again this year. It's an acknowledgment of the success of our cross-campus collaboration to take entrepreneurial education to all UI students," said David Hensley, JPEC director.

Entrepreneur's Third Annual Top 100 Entrepreneurial Colleges and Universities ranking was performed by TechKnowledge Point Corp. in Santa Barbara, Calif. The final rankings were based on some 75 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.

Other colleges in the 2nd tier ranking included Harvard, Dartmouth, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Michigan and Notre Dame.

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 partners with the Tippie College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and University of Iowa Health Sciences to provide a range of classes offering targeted entrepreneurial education to each discipline. Each semester, JPEC serves about 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 48 majors. Since 2001, the program has seen its academic enrollment increase 240 percent.

JPEC also partners with Iowa community colleges to teach entrepreneurship programs statewide, offers several programs to foster the development of entrepreneurial skills and knowledge in Iowa's youth and their teachers and supports the creation of sustainable technology companies in Iowa. In 2004, it opened the Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory program, which provides free office space in a converted fraternity house for students who want to launch business ventures while studying entrepreneurship at the UI.

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.

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