Published 03/15/13

Applied analytics at heart of new center, undergrad concentration

Bryant University has established an Advanced Applied Analytics Center (AAAC). The innovative center supports the broadening of the relationship between analytics, research, and the solution of real-world problems. It is designed to be “a regional beacon for analytics,” according to Richard Glass, Ph.D., professor of computer information systems. Glass and Alan Olinsky, Ph.D., professor of mathematics and computer information systems, are the center’s co-founding directors. 

Envisioned as a hub of professional collaboration and a strategic resource for businesses and organizations that increasingly rely on analysis of big data to make effective decisions, the AAAC sponsored its first Analytics Symposium on March 20 on the Bryant campus. Featured speakers are Dean and Professor of Statistics J. Michael Hardin, Ph.D., Culverhouse College of Commerce, University of Alabama, and Jennifer Serventi, senior program officer, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C. 

By 2018, the United States could face a shortage of people with deep analytical skills and the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.

Recognizing that analytics is used in virtually every organization, including business, the arts, humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences, Bryant has launched an Applied Analytics concentration that will provide graduates with a solid foundation in integrating technology and analytical methods to acquire, analyze, and apply information for research, decision-making, and organizational effectiveness. Building on Bryant’s core strengths, the program is one of the very few in the nation offered at the undergraduate level. As a University program that can be tied to any major or concentration, it is open to students from both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business, who will take classes together and collaborate on projects.

"Analytics is a 21st century, Information-Age critical organizational function that can make or break any endeavor," says Vice President for Academic Affairs and University Professor José-Marie Griffiths. "Bryant’s program of study in Applied Analytics will generate highly qualified professionals to meet the growing needs of enterprises around the world.”

The McKinsey Global Institute has noted that “there will be a shortage of talent necessary for organizations to take advantage of big data. By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills, as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.”

Bryant students interested in filling that need will have the option of completing a concentration in Applied Analytics that is paired with a required primary concentration in the College of Business or a major in the College of Arts and Sciences. A capstone experience will match students with external organizations and/or individuals in order to develop real-world applications in their primary area of study.