OPERATIONS AND GRADING SYSTEM

       OPERATIONS

The operations of the 3-course programme are listed below

  1. Categorize and organize them along talents, skills, and passions.
  2. Organize workshops and seminars for them.
  3. Create mentorship and apprenticeship opportunities for them.
  4. Design a feedback mechanism that tracks the success and improvement needs of the programme.

Stage 1: Categorization

Each student would complete an Entrepreneurship Skill & Passion Form (ESPF) on the CED page on the University website. Information provided would help the Center to properly plan the apprenticeship and mentorship programme. The proposed form is presented in Appendix I.

Stage 2: Seminars and Workshops

This stage has two major activities: seminars and workshops. The aims of the seminars are:

  • to create awareness about entrepreneurship and motivate the students; and
  • to help them think creatively about how to use their talents, skills, and passions to create jobs and make money.

The seminars and workshops would be conducted by entrepreneurs who have made their marks in Nigeria. The seminars and workshops are aimed at equipping students with the basic business knowledge required to grow their skills, talents, and passions into business ventures. The Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) would contact and inform the students, through their phone numbers and e-mail addresses, about the seminars and workshops as well as the resource person(s) for each seminar and workshop. Practicing experts would not only speak and demonstrate the effectiveness of such business knowledge to the students; but also present a step-by-step analysis of how such business knowledge would help polish their skills and passions to create wealth and employment.

E-Learning

The resource persons engaged for the seminars and workshops would be encouraged to prepare their lectures in PowerPoint. The audio-visual version of the seminars and workshops would also be captured. The PowerPoint and audio-visual versions of the seminars and workshops would be harmonized for the e-learning platform of the Centre. This is aimed at creating a data-base and an interactive platform that would help enhance the administration of ENT lectures. Students can access e-learning platform using their matriculation numbers.

Certification

At the end of year two, every student who passed the ENT courses would be awarded the Entrepreneurship Skill Development Certificate (ESDeC). Only students awarded the ESDeC would qualify to register for the Entrepreneurship Apprenticeship and Mentorship Programme.

       Stage 3: Entrepreneurship Apprenticeship and Mentorship Programme

At this stage, the Centre would guide the students to find good mentorship and apprenticeship opportunities that would help shape and sharpen their talents, skills, and passions. During holidays, students can avail themselves of such opportunities. Only students who hold the ESDeC of this University would be admitted to the Entrepreneurship Apprenticeship and Mentorship Programme by the approved organizations. It must be noted that the apprenticeship and mentorship programme may be a combination of virtual and physical mentoring and apprenticeship.
Our ultimate goal is to establish mentorship and apprenticeship facilities in AAUA. In the mean time, the Centre would go into partnership with organizations and individuals that can provide adequate mentorship and apprenticeship opportunities for our students. Some of the organizations and centres include:

  1. Afterschool Graduate Development Centre (AGDC)
  2. AGOA Garment Production Training Centre
  3. FATE Foundation
  4. 4Ajasin Varsity Investments Limited (AVIL)

These organizations and centres are waiting for us, as a university, to tap the unlimited apprenticeship and mentorship opportunities for our students. These organizations and centres can also assist the University to access funds and equipment from donor agencies.

The Feedback Mechanisms of the New Platform

Apart from providing a more purposeful training and interaction opportunities, the new platform has robust feedback mechanisms among the agents of change (the centre, the students, government agents, organizations, and young entrepreneurs). The Centre would create an interactive blog as a feedback platform. The feedback mechanisms, which would be in two phases: during the programme and after graduation, are designed to test and strengthen its effectiveness.

i. Pre-graduation Feedback

At the end of every seminar and workshop, the students would complete a Programme Evaluation Form (PEF). The PEF would also be on the CED page on the University website. The proposed form is shown in Appendix II. The PEF would serve two purposes: (a) it would serve as a feedback mechanism on the extent to which each participant has benefited from the programme, and (b) it would also indicate the areas that need improvement.

ii. Post-graduation Feedback

Through the phone numbers and e-mail addresses of students, the Centre can track and interact with them, even after graduation, in order to know which of the students is doing well or needs help as an entrepreneur. The successful ones would be invited to talk to and motivate students during seminars.

GRADING SYSTEM

Students’ performance in each of the courses (except the apprenticeship and mentorship programme, which shall not be graded) shall be assessed using student’s attendance and participation at the end of each semester. The attendance and participation of each student in each of the courses shall be collated and scored. Each student’s score shall be his/her percentage of attendance and participation in each of the courses. The grading system is presented in Table 1.

Table 1: Grading System

Marks Grade Point
70 and above A 5
60 - 69 B 4
50 - 59 C 3
45 - 49 D 2
40 - 44 E 1
Less than 40 F 0

The total unit of ENT courses required for graduation is presented in Table 2.

Table 2: Distribution of Total Unit of ENT Courses required for Graduation

Level Total Unit Compulsory Unit Elective Unit
100 4 4 --
200 2 2 --
Total 6 6 --

Welcome to CED …the Centre of possibilities in the 21st Century University; properly called!