School:St Edwards University

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St. Edward's University is a Holy-Cross institution with a focus on liberal arts. As a former commuter school St. Edward's has some struggles with community, students often reserve themselves from collaborating with others, and branching out to new and different communities than are provided by their living situation, major, and other contexts. The school doesn't lack a foundation of I & E resources, but the reservation of students (in their time, comfortability with others, etc.) it is difficult to gain traction with these resources on campus.

I & E Resources

Promoting student innovation & entrepreneurship:

There are a number of clubs offered at this university to promote I&E; venture club helps students create a business from the ground up helping at every stage along the way, students for sustainability encourages creative thinking and problem solving about the campuses carbon footprint, the library innovation lab offers experiential learning for students interested in the innovation. As well as an entrepreneurship major offering start up challenges that are open to all students.

Encouraging faculty innovation & entrepreneurship:

A number of grants are offered to faculty to encourage innovation and thinking that differs from what is traditionally taught in education. The Teaching, Learning, and Technology roundtable offers funding for projects within the classroom. One example is the Wetland Ecology course in the Environmental Science program, students have the opportunity to build a canoe from scratch along with their coursework. The Innovation Fellowship and Center for Teaching Excellence offer similar grants to encourage new and innovative teaching methods.

Facilitating university-industry collaboration:

The i4 institute, a NSF funded grant, offers resources to help connect students to industry. i4 provides a shoe-in for students in STEM seeking out internship opportunities, helps students practice interviewing, and offers opportunities for students to acquire training/microcredients and provides reimbursement.

Engaging with regional and local economic development efforts: