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Project #110

Social Entrepreneurship Certificate

The purpose of the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Project was to create an online certificate in social innovation and social entrepreneurship to be delivered as both a standalone non-credit-bearing certificate and as credit-bearing courses through existing and planned PSU degree programs. The Certificate equips and empowers participants to launch social ventures or secure positions in an expanding field.


  • Developed and delivered a four-course, credit-bearing and non-credit-bearing certificate in social entrepreneurship and social innovation that includes three fully online courses and one practicum/field study. The practicum includes an option between a local or international field study.

  • Assessed the viability of raising funds for the development and marketing of a social innovation MOOC.

  • Secured approval from PSU and the Oregon University System for undergraduate and graduate academic certificates.

  • Secured approval from PSU for the following proposed certificate courses:

    • MGMT 421/521s - Design Thinking for Social Innovation

    • MGMT 422/522s - Money Matters for Social Innovation

    • MGMT 423/523s - Storytelling and Impact Measurement for Social Innovation

  • Developed course content and instructional materials, engaged stakeholders and expert speakers, launched courses and taught courses.


The primary aspiration for this project was to increase PSUs scale of impact by expanding access to rigorous, high-quality, and applied online courses in social innovation and social entrepreneurship. The project team sought to equip and empower students to be effective agents of change through social innovation and social entrepreneurship. This project enabled PSU to reach a large and diverse student base in a short period of time and to provide students with a deep and transformative learning experience.


For more information, please see the project End-of-Project Report, Artifacts, and Final Expenditure Report.


  • Cindy Cooper - Director, Impact Entrepreneurs, School of Business Administration


  • Abby Chroman, Project Manager, Impact Entrepreneurs, School of Business Administration
  • Cindy Cooper, Director, Impact Entrepreneurs, School of Business Administration 
  • Jacen Greene, Program Manager, Social Enterprise Initiatives, School of Business Administration
  • Carolyn McKnight, former Executive Director of Impact Entrepreneurs, School of Business Administration
  • Scott Marshall, Interim Dean, School of Business Administration & Vice Provost Finance 



Project Management Plan

Project Plan

Status Reports

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Original Proposal