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December 2012

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UNC Kenan-Flagler to Pioneer New Consortium’s Online Course Offerings

The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will develop the university’s first classes for Semester Online, a program created by a newly announced consortium of leading universities that will offer online courses for undergraduate students. Other members of the consortium include Brandeis University, Duke University, Emory University, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, University of Rochester, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest University, and Washington University in St. Louis. The consortium is partnering with 2U, formerly known as 2tor, to offer the classes through its virtual classroom environment and interactive platform.

UNC currently offers two graduate degree programs with 2U, including MBA@UNC, an online MBA. “We have demonstrated that online education can be rigorous, provide greater access and flexibility for students, and provide the interaction and strong connections that we value in the on-campus learning experience,” says James W. Dean Jr., dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Haas Spins Executive Education into Separate Unit

The Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley has received approval to convert its Center for Executive Education from a self-supporting unit to a separate, nonprofit organization. The school says the move will enable CEE to be more flexible, grow programs faster, and better serve its corporate and government clients

Under the new structure, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization will own and operate CEE. The unit’s revenue after expenses will continue to flow to the Haas School, with a portion also going to the university.

Maryland Adds Big Data Program

Angling to meet the growing need for experts who can analyze large sets of data, the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business has announced plans to start an MS program, Business for Marketing Analytics, focused on managing and analyzing big data.

Maryland joins a growing list of institutions that are starting similar programs.
Beginning in January, for example, Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business will offer a master of science in business analytics in partnership with Michigan’s colleges of engineering and natural science. (See guest column by Vallabh Sambamurthy, the program director) Earlier this year, New York University Stern School of Business announced an MS program in business analytics that will be offered in Shanghai as well as at the school’s home campus. The Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester recently debuted a concentration in business analytics in its MS program in business administration. The Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow and the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University are partnering on a one-year certificate program in business analytics for executives. And earlier this fall, the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee started an online graduate certificate program in business analytics.

SMU Launches Data Analytics Research Facility

Singapore Management University has launched an interactive digital media initiative designed to support innovation and research in Singapore. The LiveLabs Urban Lifestyle Innovation Platform—or LiveLabs for short—focuses on developing technologies used in data analytics. It plans, for example, to collect data from mobile devices of some 30,000 consenting adults in Singapore that will be analyzed to produce useful information for businesses in the retail, hospitality, and tourism industries. LiveLabs complements the Living Analytics Research Centre (LARC) that was created by SMU in March 2011, extending the university’s strategic focus on analyzing data for insights on consumer and social behaviors that can help businesses and build Singapore’s economy.

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