Assessing the entrepreneurial climate at Ashesi University and how it affects the academic performance of student entrepreneurs

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This 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.
Undergraduate thesis submitted to the Department of Business Administration, Ashesi University, in partial fulfillment of Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, April 2019
Ashesi University, student business, entrepreneurship, academic performance