Students in high-stakes entrepreneurship program fail to meet standards
Students in a program designed to help them become entrepreneurs have failed to meet expectations, according to an audit that found the students were “under-represented in the program’s curriculum and experience.”
The student success entrepreneur program (SSEEP) was launched in December 2016 to help students find their footing in entrepreneurship.
The program aims to help people from all walks of life find a path to success, but the audit by a nonprofit group, the Center for Higher Education Integrity (CHEI), found that the students in the SSEEP were “significantly under-represented” in the curriculum and “experienced significant obstacles in their path to entrepreneurship.”
The audit said that students in this program, which aims to train people for the workplace, “experience significant barriers in their learning experiences and in their professional development.”
“In short, students in SSEEPs have a lower bar to reach success than other students who are in similar situations,” the audit said.
“We want to make sure that this isn’t a situation where the kids are getting the same treatment as other students, because we know that that’s not how it works.”
The auditor’s audit came as the Trump administration announced the launch of the President’s Workforce Innovation Program, which will focus on helping students with STEM careers.
The President’s Office of Student Success is also working to help these students find a job.
The CHEI report found that students who graduated from this program were “over-represented by gender and racial minorities, but under-represented by low-income students.”
It also found that “most students with a bachelor’s degree have had to leave school to pursue entrepreneurial work, and this is especially true for women.”
The report also noted that “the average graduating student had no experience working in a STEM or IT company before entering the program.”
The program, CHEIs report said, “is designed to make entrepreneurship more accessible for all students, but in practice, it has had a limited impact on students with low to moderate incomes.”
The CHEA also noted the students who attended the program were not receiving financial assistance and were “more likely to be disadvantaged compared to students from the same background who do not participate in the SSEE.”
In its release on Monday, the White House said that the administration “is committed to creating an environment that is inclusive and fair for all Americans.”
“This effort includes investing in programs that will ensure that students from low- and moderate-income families have the opportunities they need to achieve their dreams, and we have launched an innovative initiative to support the entrepreneurial and entrepreneurial-minded students who pursue their education in the STEM fields,” the statement read.