The only research-focused ranking of university entrepreneurial programs lists the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) in a tie for seventh place, the highest ranked school in the Southeastern Conference.
Launched in 2009 by the Neeley School of Business, the Texas Christian University (TCU) “Global University Entrepreneurship Research Productivity Rankings” track research articles in entrepreneurship journals according to authorship and university affiliation. The report covers the period of 2017-21.
“Research productivity is an important indicator of whether an entrepreneurship program follows an evidenced-based approach and demonstrates thought leadership in the discipline,” the announcement of the rankings notes. “The number of entrepreneurship journal articles produced by universities is however only one indicator of the productivity or quality of their entrepreneurship programs. Therefore, these rankings should not be used as the sole criteria for evaluating entrepreneurship programs.”
TCU placed sixth in its ranking. Leading the list was Indiana University followed, in order, by the University of Oklahoma (#2), Syracuse University (#3), Baylor University (#4), and University of Central Florida (#5). UTK was tied for #7 with Imperial College of London and the University of Notre Dame.