Jobs in the data analytics field are growing every day. The
reason so many of them are left unfilled is because, up until now, there has
been no formal education process for IT pros who want to get into the field. Most
college programs that help prepare people for data analytics are in the
business field. Subjects like statistics and probabilities are not on the
curriculum for an IS major.

The good news is that colleges and universities worldwide
are gearing up their business analytics, machine learning and other programs that
are aimed at analysis of business data.

One of the most recent colleges to join the drive is
Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. The Humana Foundation is providing a
multi-year gift totaling $1 million that will allow Bellarmine to hire a leader
for the institute to develop and oversee the program.

As Dr.
Joseph J. McGowan
, Bellarmine’s president, said, “In addition to educating
the skilled technology workers needed to manage the flow of Big Data,
Bellarmine’s liberal arts curriculum positions us to prepare the next
generation of leaders and decision makers for a region and world where
corporations, governments, educators and non-profits will thrive or perish
based on their ability to understand and use Big Data.  Data literacy is part of a liberal arts

Institute for Advanced Analytics, opening next fall, will prepare graduates for
careers in Big Data by:

  • offering new informatics and technology degrees at the
    undergraduate, graduate and continuing education levels.
  • working to develop interdisciplinary data analysis
    programs that are relevant to areas of study within Bellarmine’s existing
    schools — including nursing and health sciences, communication,
    education, business and environmental studies.
  • incorporating an entrepreneurial component that will
    focus on healthcare informatics to draw upon the wealth of experience and
    opportunity available in the Louisville market.
  • ensuring that core information management and
    technology lessons are integrated into the liberal arts experience offered
    to every Bellarmine student, regardless of major.

The first degree offered through the Institute for Advanced
Analytics ail be a graduate program, launching in Fall 2014. For more
information, contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 502/272-7200 or via

are some other institutions
offering one-year and
two-year graduate programs to help close the big data talent gap.