Using the ACEEU Toolkit

How can practitioners and educators use the tool?

In the process of developing an entrepreneurial profile of a university, leaders and managers face challenges in building a common vision, and in finding their own path for implementing it. The ACEEU Toolkit facilitates hand-on, collaborative work among different internal and external stakeholders to develop a holistic concept of an entrepreneurial university, specific to the university‘s needs and context. Using visualisation and collaboration, the ACEEU Toolkit facilitates discussions and guide the decision making process, ultimately nurturing the commitment and ownership required for university transformation.

The ACEEU Toolkit is independent of ACEEU accreditation, but can be used in the process of accreditation.

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Educating the next generation of university leaders and managers requires a deep understanding of the third mission and the entrepreneurial aspects of higher education. The ACEEU Toolkit provides educators and students with a framework to analyse and discuss the key dimensions and characteristics of an entrepreneurial university. The Toolkit is flexible to adapt to different education setting, i.e. differerent time frames (one lecture, one-day block seminar or semester-long lecture series).

The ACEEU Teachers' Guide detail the different ways how to use the Toolkit in an education setting and can be downloaded below.

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How to use the Toolkit?

The Toolkit consist of five instruments that facilitate and support the analysis and design of a university’s entrepreneurial profile. Each instrument can be use alone or in combination with the others according to your needs.

For better results, we suggest to use the five instruments in each cycle of analysis:
  • Start with a self-assessment to identify the current situation of your university. Additionally, you will be able to identify the information and other resources needed for the analysis. The self-assessment provides you with an overview of the dimensions that need further development and those that are strong and support for the change process.
  • Once the dimensions and characteristics (standards) are identified, the analysis can be deepened by using the Canvas and Cards, together with the Good Practice examples. This deep and individualized analysis can be used to identify root causes and potential opportunities for development.
  • After that, use the Pathfinder to design a future path for development, based on the areas identified with the Canvas and Cards.

How to use the individual instruments?

To learn more about how to use our instruments, please visit the tools website.

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