SRU’s SAS Users Group provides networking opportunities

data analytics classroom

Oct. 19, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University’s new master’s of Data Analytics program is building momentum as it prepares for a spring launch: 40 people from six companies have joined the University-initiated Western Pennsylvania SAS (Statistical Analysis System) Users Group.

Companies taking part in the program include AdTheorant, Dick's Sporting Goods, Erie Insurance, FedEx, Giant Eagle and Waters.

AdTheorant, Dick's Sporting Goods, Erie Insurance, FedEx, Giant Eagle and Waters

SRU's data analytics program is 33 credits and can be completed in 10 months full time or two years part time. It is designed to prepare graduates to work in the rapidly growing field of data analytics and big data.
"The user group provides a variety of benefits to our students," said Christy Crute, associate professor of mathematics and data analytics coordinator. "It introduces our students to area business people, it brings businesses into our University in an advisory capacity and it exposes the community to the data analytics work being done at SRU. In an advisory capacity, businesses will help SRU build a program that works for them and increases the marketability of our students."Companies taking part in the program include AdTheorant, Dick's Sporting Goods, Erie Insurance, FedEx, Giant Eagle and Waters.

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Crute said one of the distinguishing features of SRU's master's degree is that students will also earn a SAS Certificate from the SAS Institute for Advanced Analytics. The SAS Certificate credential validates the SAS knowledge obtained through the program. SRU is one of only 56 universities nationwide to award a SAS Certificate with a data analytics master's degree.

"The strong partnership that SRU has developed with SAS serves our students in major ways. Many employers require SAS skills and SAS certifies that SRU graduates have these coveted skills. Additionally, the SAS Certificate allows our graduates to immediately add a major credential to their resume," Crute said.

According to the Harvard Business Review, data analytics is one of the most desirable jobs of the 21st century. CNBC reported it is one of the sexiest jobs of the 21st century.

"With more and more companies using big data, the demand for data analytic specialists, sometimes called data scientists, who know how to manage the tsunami of information, spot patters within it and draw conclusions and insights is nearing a frenzy," CNBC reported.


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