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Frequently Asked Questions

As we work together to design and develop the Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership, we will continue to share information and answer frequently asked questions on this page.

Babson’s Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership creates a unique learning experience for Babson students, who will be prepared to lead change, solve global problems, and create sustainable value across business and society through learning, teaching, research, and engagement.

All Babson learners will benefit from increased experiential opportunities that help build holistic, real-world problem-solving skills. Students who seek to address problems in business and society require a transdisciplinary mindset and perspective to succeed. The Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership more fully integrates and leverages Babson’s extraordinary faculty across disciplines, as well as its entrepreneurial centers and institutes, to deliver a more impactful, transdisciplinary learning experience.

AMBSEL will offer two degree programs: M.S. in Entrepreneurial Leadership, an accelerated nine-month, full-time program in residence; and M.S. in Advanced Entrepreneurial Leadership, a 100% online, asynchronous model based on experiential learning via a company-based project.

The Entrepreneurial Leadership Village (ELV) will serve as a contemporary living and learning facility that features a diverse array of co-working, team collaboration, teaching/instructional, and student development spaces. The ELV, which also will include residence hall rooms and dining options, will become the epicenter of Babson’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The Babson Executive Conference Center (BECC) represents an ideal and compelling capital project that could be transformed into a new, second-century residence hall that includes the Entrepreneurial Village. And, because of the design of the BECC, the facility could be renovated in phases that would allow for a planned transition of the current conference center business to a new location on or off-campus.

During his more than five decades of entrepreneurial leadership, Arthur M. Blank ’63, H’98 has applied a set of six core leadership principles that have guided the Blank Family of Businesses:

  • Put People First
  • Listen and Respond
  • Include Everyone
  • Innovate Continuously
  • Lead by Example
  • Give Back to Others

These core principles are the bedrock of his business success and will be the founding principles of Babson’s Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership. They also exemplify Babson’s commitment to integrated sustainability and belief that creating and stewarding sustainable economic and social value is an essential part of the relationship between business and society. The positive effect of entrepreneurship is felt in ways that go beyond economic growth and help redefine the purpose of business.

Yes. Every learner—regardless of concentration or program will have access to the most cutting-edge education in entrepreneurial leadership through Babson’s Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership. The new school also will create exciting opportunities for Babson alumni, parents, and partners to engage.

We are expanding Babson’s long-standing leadership in entrepreneurship education by blazing a new trail in management education focused on entrepreneurial leadership. The Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership will be the focal point of Babson’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, housing the College’s entrepreneurial centers and institutes to make programming more accessible to leaders and to create a more dynamic, market-engaged ecosystem.

The Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership stands as a central pillar of one of the five strategic initiatives of the strategic planning process: Own Entrepreneurial Leadership. AMBSEL will help expand the College’s view of entrepreneurship to focus on the human condition, building entrepreneurial leaders with empathy, morality, compassion, and drive to produce scalable solutions that can benefit individuals, communities, and the world.

Specifically, this investment will provide:

  • Need-based scholarships that increase access and affordability
  • A Chief Executive Officer (first round of interviews began in April)
  • An endowed Chair for Values-Based Entrepreneurial Leadership (appointment anticipated by the end of August 2020).
  • Experiential learning that offers real-world problem-solving opportunities
  • The development of an Entrepreneurial Leadership Village to expand and enhance dedicated space for collaborative learning and experimentation
  • Greater access to Babson’s renowned entrepreneurial centers and institutes for award-winning, co-curricular activities
  • Funding for applied research that generates practical, actionable outcomes

This investment provides significant opportunity to increase access and affordability for promising entrepreneurial leaders who would not otherwise be able to afford college. Our long-standing commitment to making a Babson education a reality for students of all backgrounds continues to be strengthened by generous donors including Arthur Blank and his family. Most immediately, the Blank Leadership Scholarship program will begin as a pilot initiative for Fall 2020, focusing students’ work on Arthur Blank’s six core principles of leadership.

The design phase of AMBSEL began immediately, and we are planning many exciting opportunities for our community to participate in the development. Please check back via www.babson.edu/strategicplan for more details.