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SIU jumps 10 spots in Forbes' entrepreneurial list

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

Forbes magazine has ranked Southern Illinois University Carbondale at No. 27 on its list of “America’s Most Entrepreneurial Universities 2015.” That's up 10 spots from last year's list.

Forbes ranks institutions across the United States on the basis of alumni and students who identify themselves with a specific university and also list themselves as founders or business owners on the professional networking site LinkedIn. 

“I think this ranking is acknowledgment of SIU’ s commitment to entrepreneurship across campus," Kyle Harfst, executive director of economic development and of the SIU Research Park, said, "from our Office of Economic and Regional Development to the various colleges, faculty, staff and students."

The new ranking moves the university higher than Northwestern University, the only other Illinois institution included on the list. 

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