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March 22, 2018

Using Data to Expose Industry Needs — and Design Degree Programs Accordingly

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Here’s a university that started planning its degree programs with the end in mind: making sure students had what they needed to find and keep a good job in their field. To get a bead on opportunities in the field of business analytics education, Montclair State University turned to a team of internal data experts to figure out what a new education program should cover — the very same people who would eventually be teaching its courses. In a paper published in 2015 in Information Systems Education Journal, three faculty members described how they used data to map out curriculum for a proposed business analytics program. Development of this kind of program was being undertaken in a highly competitive atmosphere. As the paper noted, graduate and undergraduate programs on business analytics had already been introduced at 130 institutions in just the previous five years. What set this effort apart, however, was its intended emphasis on “competency-based instruction” — if they could pinpoint just what that meant in this context.

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