The University of San Diego has renamed its Institute for Entrepreneurship in Education to the Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education, in honor of Qualcomm cofounder Irwin Jacobs and his wife, Joan.
Since 2011, the Jacobs have contributed around $10 million to the institute. The Jacobs Institute is the non-profit, university-based research center at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) focusing on advancing innovation and equity within school environments, according to USD. It has offered professional development support for teachers, principals, and district administrators in partner K-12 school districts, and provided graduate assistantships to five doctoral students, among other projects.
“Irwin and Joan Jacobs have paved the way for USD to serve more than 500,000 students across five states,” Heather Lattimer, executive director of the Jacobs Institute and a SOLES professor in the Department of Learning and Teaching, said in an announcement.