ARLINGTON, Va., June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Institute of Statistics Education at Statistics.com and Thomas Edison State University have recently partnered to create a Bachelor of Science degree in Data Science and Analytics for working adults that can be completed entirely online.
Students enrolled in the program will earn their degree from Thomas Edison State University and earn 33 credits from online courses in data science and analytics offered by Statistics.com, which have been evaluated and recommended for credit by the American Council on Education's (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT®).
"Today, businesses and nonprofits have the ability to collect more data than ever before, but organizations need to be able to understand and analyze that data for it to truly beneficial," said Dr. John Woznicki, dean of the Heavin School of Arts and Sciences at Thomas Edison State University. "We are excited about our partnership with Statistics.com and this new area of study, which is designed to prepare working adults with the skills to help organizations interpret data and make data-driven decisions."
Credits earned by successfully completing the Statistics.com courses identified for the degree will fulfil the area of study requirements of the university's Bachelor of Science program.
"Our data science curriculum has been in place for a number of years and we are pleased that this partnership will allow students to apply our program to a degree at Thomas Edison, a recognized leader in flexible online education," said Peter Bruce, founder and president of Statistics.com.
In addition to the area of study requirements than can be met via the Statistics.com courses, the degree program includes 60 credits of general education requirements and 27 credits of electives that can be earned via courses, exam programs and other methods of earning credit from Thomas Edison State University.
Bruce and Woznicki noted that the credit recommendation service of ACE is an essential aspect of the partnership. ACE CREDIT® helps adults gain academic credit for courses and examinations taken outside traditional degree programs. More than 2,000 colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT® recommendations for corporate and military training in determining the applicability of course work and examination results to their courses and degree programs.
"This is a good example of how innovative institutions, using ACE's credit recommendation service, are working to provide affordable and flexible higher education options that prepare students for high level, in-demand jobs," said Mary Beth Lakin, director, College and University Partnerships at ACE.
Applications for the degree program are scheduled to open in July 2016. The program will be open to the general public as well students taking Statistics.com courses and those already enrolled at Thomas Edison State University.
About Thomas Edison State University
Thomas Edison State University provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One of New Jersey's 11 senior public institutions of higher education, the university offers associate, bachelor and master's degrees in more than 100 areas of study. The university is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. The university is home to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy. The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of the University. Learn more at www.tesu.edu.
The Institute for Statistics Education at Statistics.com is a pioneer in high quality, student-centered online education. It offered its first course in 2002, focuses exclusively on analytics and statistics, and now offers over 100 courses and four certificate programs. Its faculty members are renowned experts in their fields, and students and instructors are located around the world. For more information, visit http://www.statistics.com.
About The American Council on Education (ACE) and ACE CREDIT®
Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents and related associations. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit www.acenet.edu or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation. The American Council on Education is America's most visible and influential higher education association. ACE established the College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT®) in 1974 to connect workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping students gain access to academic credit for formal training taken outside traditional degree programs. For more information, visit the ACE CREDIT website at http://www.acenet.edu/credit.
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