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ACTA Recognizes Miami University’s John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship as Oasis of Excellence

January 6, 2021 by ACTA

Washington, DC – Miami University’s John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship has been named an Oasis of Excellence for its commitment to rigorous study at the intersection of the liberal arts and entrepreneurship.

In 2014, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) began honoring outstanding programs at colleges and universities across the country that promote the study of American history, Western Civilization, free markets, and the Great Books. The Oases of Excellence project includes over 70 programs at a wide range of institutions and serves as a valuable resource for alumni and donors who are committed to supporting a traditional liberal arts education. 

The goal of the John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship is to provide students with an innovative education so that they graduate job ready from day one. The institute promotes an entrepreneurial mindset through an immersive, cross-disciplinary curriculum in startup and venture capital, social entrepreneurship and impact investing, corporate innovation, and creativity and entrepreneurial thinking. The Altman Institute is housed in Miami University’s Farmer School of Business and emphasizes academic research and hands-on learning opportunities. With its heavy cross-disciplinary focus the Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship is able to engage with over 2,800 students from every major at Miami University.

“To be named to the Oases of Excellence Network by ACTA is a real honor,” said Dr. Tim R. Holcomb, director of the institute. “I am especially happy for the faculty, staff, students, and graduates of Miami University’s John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship and the Farmer School of Business’s top ranked entrepreneurship program.”

ACTA is proud to partner with a program that integrates critical decision making as well as business foundations into its curriculum in order to prepare students for the challenges of career and citizenship.

“This kind of rigorous study will equip students to safeguard our freedoms, democracy, and vibrant economic growth,” said Michael Poliakoff, president of ACTA. “In an age too often sadly defined by apathy and ignorance, programs like the Altman Institute ensure that students who enter America’s higher education system can grow into the informed citizens and successful leaders of business and industry that our nation needs.”

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