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ItemAssessing the entrepreneurial climate at Ashesi University and how it affects the academic performance of student entrepreneurs(2019-04) Amoah, Geraldine EwurabenaThis research explores how student entrepreneurs can effectively manage their businesses in order to maintain academic success during their 4-years undergraduate education. It is a case study of student entrepreneurs at Ashesi University. This research seeks to answer the question whether the time student entrepreneurs spend on their business affect their academic performance, and whether these student entrepreneurs are able to meet graduation prerequisites regardless of the demands of their business. This research seeks to find the cause of that gap and make the required recommendations. A mixed methods research design was used. Interviews conducted with the dean of students, career services indicated that students at the institution deal with a lot in terms of academics demands, but they believe it is for the good of the students. They believe that Ashesi students will do well in the working world and be able to compete well with students in other institutions, and even in the international level. Interviews with three alumni and three current students corroborated that the university is currently conducive for student businesses due to the new systems and structures which have been put in place. Also, the main reasons why majority of the students have not been able to pursue their business ideas is because they want to focus on their academics, which is; working on their numerous but intense assignments and projects, as well as preparing for their regular quizzes. Furthermore, achieving and maintain academic success is the top priority of majority of the students at the institution. ItemInvestigating student success factors in a top-quality Ghanaian university: A focus on Ashesi University(2019-04) Amwelmoo, AtarebonoThis study aimed to collate and analyze the views of students and graduates of Ashesi University, a top African university, on the relevant factors which significantly influence their academic performance. The research was motivated by the desire of some university officials to identify the specific aspects of Ashesi’s “modified liberal arts model” which most significantly impact students’ academic performance and enable them to do so well in the job market. The questions this study sought to answer were: Which factors significantly impact the academic performance of Ashesi students and how do students rate the factors affecting their academic performance? The research employed a sequential, transformative mixed methods strategy where both qualitative (interviews) and quantitative data collection techniques (questionnaires) were used. The sample comprised of 132 current Ashesi University students and alumni. The results show that significant factors affecting student performance include the ability to think critically, adequate sleep, having a scholarship, proper time management, sitting at or near the front of the lecture hall and student ownership of a laptop. Respondents also identified lecturer support, Ashesi learning resources such as access to an internet connection, student-peer support learning as well as the spirituality of the individual student as significant to their performance. This study recommends improvement in the provision of learning resources such as a stable, all day, all week, round the clock internet connection. This study also suggests that lecturers should continue being actively engaged in students’ performance beyond the classroom by providing needed advice and support.