How the University of Wisconsin is closing the data science skills gap

Data is driving all industries, from corporations to the government to healthcare. While data has become a precious commodity for growing your business, it’s also become unwieldy and unmanageable. Couple that with a lack of educational programs focused on data science and a skills gap emerges.

The University of Wisconsin (UW) has stepped up to address this need with its graduate program in data science, which students can complete online. The program will be offered through the Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning (CEOEL) division of the University of Wisconsin Extension, which includes 26 UW System campuses in the U.S., but students from around the world can apply.

The business side of big data

UW’s data science program is aimed at helping students get prepared for a career in big data by combining both the analytical side with the business side of data science. “Part of the program is obviously, helping students know the technology and be well-versed on the technical side but it’s also being able to do the business side of data science,” says David Schejbal, dean of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning at University of Wisconsin-Extension.

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