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Bachelor’s Degree in Data Analytics Advances Careers

The new degree in data analytics provides in-demand skills within a traditional liberal arts degree.

By Jenny McKeel
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This fall, students in the new undergraduate program in data analytics will gain hands-on skills in a multidisciplinary field that is transforming the business world.

When it comes to 21st-century business operations, few resources are as valuable as big data. Across industries, analysts are examining enormous data sets and delivering insights that allow companies to make decisions that can significantly boost performance and profitability. As a result, data analysts are in surging demand with experts predicting more than 2.7 million job openings in 2020. According to Robert Half Technology’s 2019 Salary Guide, data analysts can earn between $81,000 and $138,000.

Business Management Framework

“We have launched an original program built on a business management framework with a focus on learning skills to be a data analyst in a variety of business contexts,” explained Siamak Zadeh, director of the undergraduate program in data analytics.

Students in the program learn to collect, assess, and manipulate data to enable better decision-making processes across industries—including accounting, finance, retail, supply chain, health care, government, and national security. Students advance their competencies and knowledge of new program languages through hands-on projects that pull real-world data, including social media analytics and publically available financial data that is valuable to financial planners, analysts, and anyone on the wealth management or banking side.

“There is not one single industry that does not need analysts who interpret data to better serve their operations.”

Artificial Intelligence

“We also offer one course just on AI, which promises to be disruptive across all industries,” said Siamak. “We look at the transformative power of AI today and in the future and bring in industry experts from companies like LinkedIn, Uber, and Airbnb to talk about how AI is changing their business processes.”

Graduates are equipped to advance in the sector they are already in or enter a new field as a higher-paid data analyst and enable a better decision-making process for management.

Innovation and Disruption

“There’s significant innovation and disruption in this whole area,” said Siamak. “As a curator of career advancement, we are preparing students to enter this burgeoning field. For many years the financial industry was the primary beneficiary of quantitative analysis. Today, accounting firms are seeking candidates with analytics skills. Companies like Walmart are using optimized data analytics operations to add to profits. Healthcare, government, and security — there is not one single industry that does not need analysts who interpret data to better serve their operations.”

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We have a couple of great shows on tap with our GGU Presents programming next week. On Tuesday, we talk with Dr. Siamak Zadeh of GGU about the roles that big data and artificial intelligence are playing in the tracking, monitoring, and containment of COVID-19.

Then on Wednesday, for the legal minds in the house, we are thrilled to debut our McCarthy Institute Series video podcast. David Franklyn hosts Mark Puzella and Sheryl Garko from law firm Orrick for an in-depth look at the Romag Fasteners case, on which the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in a trademark-infringement matter last month. The ruling immediately raises the stakes for trademark infringement suits.

Two great shows in one week, both free, and a reminder that GGU is a hub of big thinkers and big ideas.

Get the low-down on all the GGU Presents programs here: ow.ly/sbLr50zTWFN
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We have a couple of great shows on tap with our GGU Presents programming next week. On Tuesday, we talk with Dr. Siamak Zadeh of GGU about the roles that big data and artificial intelligence are playing in the  tracking, monitoring, and containment of COVID-19. 

Then on Wednesday, for the legal minds in the house, we are thrilled to debut our McCarthy Institute Series video podcast. David Franklyn hosts Mark Puzella and Sheryl Garko from law firm Orrick for an in-depth look at the Romag Fasteners case, on which the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in a trademark-infringement matter last month. The ruling immediately raises the stakes for trademark infringement suits.

Two great shows in one week, both free, and a reminder that GGU is a hub of big thinkers and big ideas. 

Get the low-down on all the GGU Presents programs here: http://ow.ly/sbLr50zTWFN

"GGU offers a wonderful program. They understand the working adult who is going back to finish a degree and they have a platform to support that. When I had to be away for four weeks for work, I reached out to my professors and they were so accommodating. I devised a schedule for one of my courses that would allow me complete assignments around work demands, and my professors provided wonderful support. It was a great partnership."

- Outstanding Student Award Winner Krista Zunino, BA Business '20

Did you know you can now enroll in a new three-course Organizational Leadership and Human Skills undergraduate certificate?

Learn more today: ow.ly/SGzQ50zTMZy
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GGU offers a wonderful program. They understand the working adult who is going back to finish a degree and they have a platform to support that. When I had to be away for four weeks for work, I reached out to my professors and they were so accommodating. I devised a schedule for one of my courses that would allow me complete assignments around work demands, and my professors provided wonderful support. It was a great partnership. 

- Outstanding Student Award Winner Krista Zunino, BA Business 20 

Did you know you can now enroll in a new three-course Organizational Leadership and Human Skills undergraduate certificate? 

Learn more today: http://ow.ly/SGzQ50zTMZy

Meet Jeffrey D. Yergler, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Undergraduate Management Department at Golden Gate University.

"During my college years, I was driven by the question of what does it mean to be a human being? How can I help people feel esteemed, valued, confident, equipped, and empowered? That question was always important to me. Today, I'm thrilled that we've launched the BA in Organizational Leadership and Human Skills Development (OLHSD), as well as our two new undergraduate certificates exploring topics in change management and managing business relationships. These programs are designed to provide our adult learners with the leadership and relational skills they need to excel in their careers.

Because we know that employers are seeking applicants with skills and knowledge in such areas as emotional intelligence, adaptability, conflict resolution, critical thinking, and teamwork, our OLHSD programs are targeted to provide exactly what employers are looking for."

GGU's summer term is 100% online. Learn more about our OLHSD degrees and certificates:
ow.ly/wGMP50zSFX7 #PeopleOfGGU
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Meet Jeffrey D. Yergler, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Undergraduate Management Department at Golden Gate University.

During my college years, I was driven by the question of what does it mean to be a human being? How can I help people feel esteemed, valued, confident, equipped, and empowered? That question was always important to me. Today, Im thrilled that weve launched the BA in Organizational Leadership and Human Skills Development (OLHSD), as well as our two new undergraduate certificates exploring topics in change management and managing business relationships. These programs are designed to provide our adult learners with the leadership and relational skills they need to excel in their careers.

Because we know that employers are seeking applicants with skills and knowledge in such areas as emotional intelligence,  adaptability, conflict resolution, critical thinking, and teamwork, our OLHSD programs are targeted to provide exactly what employers are looking for.

GGUs summer term is 100% online. Learn more about our OLHSD degrees and certificates: 
http://ow.ly/wGMP50zSFX7 #PeopleOfGGU

On our latest Back to the Baysics episode this Friday, Marc Singer chats with GGU Professor of Law Michele Neitz about her work on blockchain technology. They'll discuss blockchain's implications for the state economy and government operations, challenges for regulators, and the ethical questions it raises (and possibly resolves). Professor Neitz is a member of the California Blockchain Working Group, which is researching and documenting blockchain's potential uses, risks and benefits to state government and California-based businesses. Learn how to watch here: www.ggu.edu/about-ggu/ggu-presents ... See MoreSee Less

On our latest Back to the Baysics episode this Friday, Marc Singer chats with GGU Professor of Law Michele Neitz about her work on blockchain technology. Theyll discuss blockchains implications for the state economy and government operations, challenges for regulators, and the ethical questions it raises (and possibly resolves). Professor Neitz is a member of the California Blockchain Working Group, which is researching and documenting blockchains potential uses, risks and benefits to state government and California-based businesses. Learn how to watch here: https://www.ggu.edu/about-ggu/ggu-presents

The GGU community is grieving the loss of Professor Emerita Kit Yarrow, who has succumbed to ovarian cancer. Former Chair of the Department of Psychology, Kit was an outstanding scholar in the area of psychology and consumer behavior, and she represented the best of GGU. www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate/obituary.aspx?n=kit-yarrow&pid=196230897 ... See MoreSee Less

The GGU community is grieving the loss of Professor Emerita Kit Yarrow, who has succumbed to ovarian cancer. Former Chair of the Department of Psychology, Kit was an outstanding scholar in the area of psychology and consumer behavior, and she represented the best of GGU. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sfgate/obituary.aspx?n=kit-yarrow&pid=196230897

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Wonderful memories with an excellent and generous teacher, kit Carman, as I remember her name from the early 90. So lucky to have been taught by you, so lucky to have cross your path. ♥️🙏

I just got to know Kit while doing my first research project .. and reading this news just after few weeks of knowing her and reading her book makes me feel really sad and reminds that life is so unpredictable. May God bless her soul and take care of her family. RIP

Most favorite professor for my MBA (92). RIP.

I was so sorry to hear about this. She was an inspiration.

I worked with Kit for a short time and lover her energy and her expertise. So sad.

Unbelievable loss. She was such a beacon for GGU. :-(

Great woman and inspirational professor. Such a loss

Very sad - an incredible loss.

Such a loss. Kit was an inspiration

:(. RIP. We will miss her

Rest In Peace🙏

Remarkable and lovely person! She will be so missed by so many.

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