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University of Illinois-Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics Releases First Course

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS, April 24, 2019 — The University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business in collaboration with the Deloitte Foundation is continuing to advance business education worldwide. The University of Illinois-Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics is proud to announce the first data analytics course is available and ready for use. It is free, online and accessible to anyone who wants to leverage it for their educational mission.

The First Course in Foundations of Data Analytics consists of 60 hours of curriculum broken up into eight modules that can be used on their own or integrated into existing curriculum.

Each module contains multiple lessons, which include a short video and assigned reading. This course was designed by world-class faculty at Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“The modern world of accounting and business is changing rapidly,” said Robert Brunner, Director of the University of Illinois-Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics and Associate Dean for Innovation & Chief Disruption Officer, Gies College of Business. “Data is everywhere, and that data is constantly changing. Accounting and business professionals use data to answer complex questions. With more data, this task becomes increasingly difficult. The data analytics track will help prepare students to use data effectively today, but also help prepare them for a dynamic future.”

The First Course in Foundations of Data Analytics is available online.

Module #1: Foundations (6 hrs, 30 min)
Module #2: Introduction to Python Programming (8 hrs, 30 min)
Module #3: Introduction to Data Analysis (6 hrs, 30 min)
Module #4: Statistical Data Analysis (8 hrs, 30 min)
Module #5: Introduction to Visualization (6 hrs, 30 min)
Module #6: Introduction to Probability (7 hrs, 30 min)
Module #7: Exploring Two-Dimensional Data (8 hrs, 30 min)
Module #8: Introduction to Kernel Density Estimation (7 hrs, 30 min)

Corporations around the world recognize the way to stay competitive in the marketplace is to hire more employees with a business analytics education. Gies College of Business and the Deloitte Foundation are taking leadership roles to help other schools incorporate business analytics into their curriculum. Some of the best business leaders of tomorrow will graduate from the University of Illinois, and thanks to this new business analytics curriculum, they will be better equipped than ever for success.

About Gies College of Business at Illinois
Gies College of Business provides a world-class educational experience for the next generation of business leaders. For more than 100 years, the College has delivered on the promise of innovation in business education, with a commitment to cutting-edge curriculum design and delivery, exceptional experiential learning opportunities, and unparalleled academic excellence. Today our faculty prepare more than 6,200 students, including 3,140 undergraduates, to be at the forefront of innovation and leadership in the global economy. giesbusiness.illinois.edu


About the Deloitte Foundation
The Deloitte Foundation, founded in 1928, is a not-for-profit organization which supports education in the U.S. through a variety of initiatives that help develop the talent of the future and their influencers and promote excellence in teaching, research and curriculum innovation. The Foundation sponsors an array of national programs relevant to a variety of professional services, benefiting middle/high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and educators. For more information, please visit the Deloitte Foundation webpage at www.deloitte.com/us/df.

Media contact:

Mary Kay Dailey
Gies College of Business,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
+1 217 244 8706

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