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32 November/ December 2014 BizEd ANTHONY HARVI E /G ETTY I MAG ES PASSION BY TRICIA BISOUX Sometimes innovation on campus can come from small realizations. One professor might notice that something's missing from students' experiences. Another might see an opportunity to share ideas with other faculty with the same goals. Still another might see a need in the community that a new course, project, or change in mindset could effectively address. The question is, will they simply make the observation and move on? Or will they take action to make something happen? The following pages describe how three professors found projects they believed in, jumping into uncharted waters to create something that didn't exist at their schools before. Becoming academic entrepreneurs presented big challenges, they say, but the payoffs—to their students, their schools, their communities, and themselves—were worth the effort. Some of the best educational innovations can happen when academics simply follow where their enthusiasm leads. Projects

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