THE FOUR W’S
- How did Acton Foundation get started?
- How is the Acton Foundation funded?
- What does the Acton Foundation want from teachers and entrepreneurs?
- Why should an entrepreneur do this?
- Who else has taught the curriculum?
- What’s the difference between Acton MBA and Acton Foundation?
- What is the case method?
- How is the case method different from lecture?
- Can I use a combination of lecture or case method teaching with one of Acton’s online courses?
- What are the benefits to becoming an Acton Foundation teacher?
- Why are the class contracts so important?
- Can you talk to my Dean or the Director of my center?
- What is in it for the Acton Foundation?
- What are the qualities of a good case teacher?
How did the Acton Foundation get started?
In 1990, a group of successful entrepreneurs with a deep commitment to freedom and a calling to teach developed and taught entrepreneurship courses for the University of Texas’ McCombs’ School of Business MBA program. These courses became the basis for the Acton curriculum. In 1997, they formed the Acton Foundation to hold this intellectual property and find ways to spread it to serve even more aspiring entrepreneurs.
How is the Acton Foundation funded?
The Acton Foundation is funded by its entrepreneur founders, who direct some of their philanthropic giving to supporting entrepreneurship education. AFEE does not fundraise or seek outside donations (but we’ll always gladly accept them!).
What does the Acton Foundation want from teachers and entrepreneurs?
Join our revolution and transform business and entrepreneurship education across the world. We want you to change the learning experience for aspiring entrepreneurs by using our teacher-training tools.
Why should an entrepreneur do this?
The reasons are endless, but the most common reasons why entrepreneurs tell us they want to mentor, coach and/or teach include: they want a new challenge and personal growth – and learning the Socratic Method and teaching students may be one of the greatest challenges they ever face; they have a desire to help their students develop the skills it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in their calling; they know there is much they still want to learn and that teaching is one of the best ways to learn and master a subject; they know that their own MBA or formal education did little to prepare them to be an entrepreneur and that there must be a better way.
Who else has taught the curriculum?
Acton’s online courses have been or are being taught not only at the Acton School of Business and the University of Texas, but also at Rice University, Baylor University, the University of Oklahoma, Hardin-Simmons University, Texas Christian University and others.
What’s the difference between Acton and the Acton Foundation?
They are sister organizations. The Acton School of Business, founded in 2002, is a nine-month MBA program that fully utilizes AFEE’s curriculum and is focused on serving its students at its campus in Austin.
What is the case method?
The case method is a discussion-based model used to teach ideas, skills and tools needed in the business world. The teacher employs the Socratic method of asking questions in leading a case discussion.
How is the case method different from lecture?
As a case teacher, you do not need to be an expert giving students specifics on business situations. Instead, teachers act as guides as students work through and examine the different options available. It is not the teacher’s role to answer questions. They instead ask students questions, and have them think through, analyze and find answers. The main idea is to get the student to think, not just to absorb and regurgitate information. Teachers never make a declarative statement.
Can I use a combination of lecture or case method teaching with one of Acton’s online courses?
Yes. Visit MyEJ for more details
What are the benefits to becoming an Acton Foundation teacher?
As an Acton Foundation teacher, you will be a member of a select group of talented entrepreneurship teachers. These individuals have years of experience translating lessons from the trenches and the boardroom to the entrepreneurship classroom.
Why are the class contracts so important?
The class contracts are central to the Acton Foundation accountability model. The contract specifies the conduct expected of each party. Teachers and students are held to equally high standards of preparation and attendance; students are encouraged to express their opinions through weekly surveys. The Acton Foundation can provide you with an example.
Can you talk to my Dean or the Director of my center?
No, we only deal directly with entrepreneur-teachers.
What is in it for the Acton Foundation?
All we ask is that your course is rated among the top 25 percent of the courses taught in any particular school.
What are the qualities of a good case teacher?
Listening well, being curious and open-minded, asking good questions.