Valparaiso University has announced a new degree in its College of Business. The major in business analytics will focus on database management, spreadsheet modeling and data mining. January 31, 2014

News Release

VALPARAISO, Ind. – The College of Business at Valparaiso University has developed a new major in business analytics, joining an emerging trend in higher education that seeks to address a growing marketplace need. The program will build on the College's history of developing ethical professionals who are leaders in their fields.

“There is a shortage of employees who have the knowledge and skills to take advantage of 'big data',” said James Brodzinski, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business. “Business schools — including Valparaiso University's College of Business – have a responsibility to educate data-savvy managers who have the conceptual knowledge and quantitative skills to be able to frame and interpret analyses in an effective manner.”

A report from the McKinsey Global Institute states that by 2018 there will be a shortage of up to 190,000 analytical professionals, in addition to a deficit of 1.5 million data-savvy managers with effective decision-making skills – in the United States alone. With 90 percent of the world's data created in the past two years, according to IBM, companies are looking for employees who can harness this data, analyze it, and provide executives with the information needed to excel.

Students in Valpo's business analytics program will be equipped to meet this need through a rigorous curriculum that focuses on spreadsheet modeling, database management, statistics for decision making, visual effects, and data mining.

The Valparaiso University College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, placing it among the top 5 percent of business schools internationally. The College's new business analytics program is part of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, which also offers majors in accounting, finance, international business, management, and marketing.

For more information about the College of Business at Valparaiso University, contact Nicole Niemi, director of media relations, at or 219.464.6270.

About Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University is a comprehensive independent Lutheran university with more than 4,500 students on its campus located in Northwest Indiana, an hour from Chicago. Valpo is a community of purpose-driven, service-minded and ethical individuals who embrace the pursuit of truth with freedom, humility and compassion. Valpo has been identified as one of the top master's-level institutions in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report magazine for the past 25 years. Valparaiso University offers more than 110 undergraduate academic programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering and Nursing. Valpo also has a distinguished honors college, a Law School, and more than 40 degree and certificate programs in its Graduate School and Continuing Studies. Valpo has been recognized for its commitment to outstanding teaching, preparing thoughtful leaders with strong cross-cultural skills and global awareness and dedication to serving others.

Source: Valparaiso University

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