Over the last 20 years, DePaul University in Chicago has developed a well-deserved reputation for both its degree-granting and continuing education business and technology programs. While Northwestern and the University of Chicago compete on the world academic stage, DePaul has built a critical niche educating Chicagoland's residents at the confluence of academics and practical applications. DePaul's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business part-time MBA program for working professionals is annually awarded a top ten ranking. The school's entrepreneurship programs are similarly acknowledged. And DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media has a national reputation – and world class facilities. Finally for years, DePaul has trained hundreds of eager techies with its certification courses in such highly-pertinent areas as telecommunications/networking, project management, java and OO programming, Microsoft .Net development, relational databases/SQL and data warehousing/business intelligence. Indeed, I was an appreciative beneficiary of this training in my consulting management roles for quite some time.

One of DePaul's latest ventures, the Center for Predictive Analytics and Data Mining with the accompanying M.S. in Predictive Analytics degree, continues in this tradition. A response to the data deluge and the burgeoning demand for analytics to drive decision-making, the CPADM will open in September 2010 with focus on the applications of data analysis/machine learning across all industries, preparing students for careers in business, healthcare, utilities, education, transportation and public service.

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