A young colleague of mine is about a third of the way through an M.S. in Analytics program from a prestigious university. Though there are the inevitable startup frustrations, she likes her studies a lot, noting she’s learning a ton about predictive modeling, data mining and new-to-her software like SPSS, SAS and R.

She feels she’s among the better technically-trained students and that her programming and data chops make the program an easier go than for her less-techie peers. If she could change one thing, it’d be to introduce a big data focus to the curriculum.

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