INFORMS INITIATIVES

Analytics education, certification board

By Diego Klabjan

One-Stop Shop on university analytics

You’ve seen them bursting on the scene in universities across the United States and around the world. With the increasing popularity of analytics in the business world, courses and degreed programs in business analytics, data science and all their offshoots are popping up at engineering schools, business schools and computer science departments.

INFORMS recently launched what is arguably the most comprehensive website about university analytics programs, and whether you’re a program director, professor, aspiring student or business leader, you’ll find loads of help and information that will guide you.

You can search the new INFORMS Analytics Education Database

If you’re teaching analytics in the classroom, you can use the website to access existing materials that will help you design your course and work with students in the classroom. You can obtain case studies from INFORMS Transactions on Education, INFORMS’ suite of journals, the INFORMS Marketing Society’s collection of data sets and more INFORMS sources. The website will lead you to a broad collection of analytics case studies and syllabi, data sets that can be used to assign problems, case competitions and classroom teaching resources from software developers.

If you’re a program director, you will find studies conducted by INFORMS committees with direction on starting and improving analytics programs, with a special emphasis on what industry expects from you and your graduates so you can carefully design your program to ensure that your grads are equipped to find positions fast. You can compare your program to the competition by searching INFORMS’ rich database of American programs and courses that are taught at those programs.

Students will find that the One-Stop Shop is the first place to go when planning graduate work in analytics. The site’s database lets students search for programs by filtering on terms that are important to them: where a program is located, what type of degree is granted by a program, admission testing requirements, program delivery and type of school.

If you’re in business, government, healthcare or consulting, you’ll find that the One-Stop Shop helps you meet your analytic needs in a centralized way. If you’re seeking job candidates, it will help you identify the most appropriate schools and programs that meet the needs of your organization. The site has the added feature of letting you gain knowledge about partnership opportunities: If your organization needs to conduct a research project with a university partner, you can identify schools with analytics heft in your field, specialty and geographical area.

INFORMS will spend much of 2016 improving its website, and the One-Stop Shop will expand and be even easier to use in INFORMS Online’s next version.

You can make the database more complete. If your school, program and courses are not in the searchable database, make sure to provide your information to INFORMS. Contact Barry List at barry.list@informs.org or informs@informs.org with your details, questions and suggestions for future versions.

Diego Klabjan is a professor at Northwestern University and chair of the INFORMS University Analytics Programs Committee.

Mitchell-Guthrie, Levis to lead Analytics Certification Board

Polly Mitchell-Guthrie
Jack Levis

Jack Levis

   

Polly Mitchell-Guthrie of SAS and Jack Levis of UPS will serve as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the 2016 Analytics Certification Board (ACB) following their election by INFORMS members and CAP designees.

They will be joined on the ACB Board by: Aaron Burciaga, CAP, Accenture Digital; Tom Davenport, Babson College; Bill Franks, Teradata; Esma Gel, Arizona State University; Jeanne Harris, Columbia University of New York; Lisa Kart, CAP, Gartner; Kathy Kilmer, Disney; Jonathan Owen, CAP, GM; Greta Roberts, Talent Analytics; Jim Williams, CAP, FICO; Melissa Moore, INFORMS executive director.
The ACB will meet on a quarterly basis to provide oversight and guidance to the Certified Analytics Professional and the Associate Certified
Analytics Professional programs.

For more about the CAP® program, visit https://www.certifiedanalytics.org/about.php