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8 Institutions Bringing Value to BI Education

Fordham University Fordham University

With software and backing from IBM, the New York City Jesuit institution recently opened its Center for Digital Transformation, a lab for scholars, educators and business leaders to tinker with data solutions and sets. In conjunction, Fordham presented its new master’s degrees for business analytics and marketing intelligence, both of which feature mandatory data and business coursework.

Yale University Yale University

The prominent Ivy League institution expanded into Web and predictive analytics this school year. In part inspired by interest in the topics from Hollywood’s treatment of “Moneyball,” celebrated instructor and author Ed Kaplan leads courses on sports analytics and other real-life applications at Yale’s Graduate School of Management.

University of Washington University of Washington

The U. of Washington’s professional and continuing education programs include a slew of rotating and overlapping coursework on building data warehouses, cloud computing, and e-discovery, among others. Click here to read a blog on one of the university’s faculty, senior lecturer and data management author Bob Boiko.

Northwestern University Northwestern University

Among Northwestern’s graduate data degrees is its M.S. in Predictive Analytics program. Leadership and management courses are married with those focused on advanced data analysis, predictive modeling, computer-based data mining and a range of analytical learning.

DePaul University DePaul University

DePaul, based in Chicago, is just over a year into its new M.S. in Predictive Analytics degree as well as the opening of its new Center for Predictive Analytics and Data Mining. Steve Miller, BI analyst and Information Management blogger, wrote that the program shows promise in its “practical-academic compromise” approach to the business behind information.

University of Texas at Austin University of Texas at Austin

At its McCombs School of Business, students in the Information, Risk and Operations Management department can take on a diverse set of majors such as supply chain management and engineering route to business. Longhorns also engage in regular in-depth, data-based research with vendors like Sybase.

Marquette University Marquette University

Although it’s not a tech powerhouse, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-university is taking tips from the business side of data by increasing offerings that combine real-life expertise with practical data skill sets. Professors in information management are connecting with others in financial, marketing and managerial studies, and have expanded internships and networking events with possible employers.

Arizona State University Arizona State University

With possibly the largest student population for IT studies, A.S.U. continues to develop BI education through its business program’s Center for Advancing Business through IT (CABIT) and in recent events on electronic health care information and data privacy and governance. The CABIT has a stated mission of producing emergent research on data, developing connections with regional experts and establishing guidelines on new data tools.

As the business intelligence market trends upward from interest in analytics, big data and the cloud, secondary education has been often slow to meet the challenge in educating its student body. Here are eight prominent U.S. colleges and universities that are making strides today toward preparing the next generation of knowledge workers.

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