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High Marks for Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies from Entrepreneur Magazine

Madison, NJ (May 11, 2004) — The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University has been named one of the top 50 entrepreneurship programs in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine.

Announced in the May, 2004, issue, Entrepreneur magazine’s evaluation of the best entrepreneurship programs at U.S. colleges and universities is the most comprehensive analysis of its kind. More than 825 entrepreneurship programs were researched for the study and the final rankings are based on more than 70 separate criteria, including course offerings, teaching and research faculty, business-community outreaches, research centers and institutes, degree and certificates offered, and faculty and alumni evaluations.

James Barrood, director of the Institute, said, “This ranking is a tribute to the innovative programs we offer to students, entrepreneurs, family businesses and the community.”

He noted that the Institute is especially proud to be a part of the “Top 10 Programs” when ranked by program directors and faculty, and the “Top 10” when ranked by alumni.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Institute fosters and supports entrepreneurship through comprehensive academic offerings and innovative outreach programs. The academic program includes 21 courses on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students can major in entrepreneurial studies or take courses as electives and also join the Entrepreneurial Society on campus which boasts nearly 200 members. In addition, the Institute offers a five-course, self-designed Certificate in Business program for working professionals.

Outreach programs include the Family Business Forum, the Female Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, the Business Plan Development program, and the new Transition to Growth course for entrepreneurs looking to take their businesses to the next level. In addition, the Institute coordinates the Discover Business Teen Camp for 8-12th grade students.

Recognition programs include the Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture, the New Jersey Family of the Business Awards, the New Jersey Female Entrepreneur Lecture, the East Coast Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards and the New Jersey Business Idea Competition which is open to high school students.

The Rothman Institute is part of FDU’s Silberman College of Business, accredited by AACSB—the International Association for Management Education.

For further information, visit http://www.fdu.edu/rothman

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