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SAS recognizes excellence in teaching, use of analytics in education

Many of today’s businesses are faced with the challenge of employing a workforce with skills to analyze big data and make effective decisions. Use of analytics by educational institutions to improve administration, teaching and learning is one way to address this growing need. Acknowledging the importance of analytics in education, SAS has recognized Kennesaw State University with the third annual SAS Excellence in Education award and presented Dr. David Dickey of North Carolina State University with the SAS Distinguished Professor award. The 2014 SAS Student Ambassadors were also honored at SAS® Global Forum.

"Our most important initiative outside of serving our customers is ensuring that the next generation of leaders is prepared to use information to make wise, informed decisions,” said SAS CEO Jim Goodnight. “That’s why it’s so important to us to recognize Dr. Dickey, Kennesaw State University and the SAS student ambassadors for their work in advancing analytics training in higher education.”

Kennesaw State practices the analytics they preach

The SAS Excellence in Education Award was created to honor organizations that best illustrate the use of SAS to enable decision makers across the organization to act with the highest level of confidence and knowledge to meet defined goals.

Kennesaw State University is lauded for its campus administrative use of SAS, as well as its superb academic use in the classroom and research centers. Administratively, the university runs a campus-wide data warehouse built around SAS Data Management solutions. Additionally, Kennesaw State uses SAS Business Intelligence solutions and SAS Visual Analytics to create reports and disseminate information across campus. The university actively uses SAS predictive analytics to predict enrollments and funding. Academically, Kennesaw State is actively pursuing classification as an Institute of Analytics, with the goal of offering Masters and PhD programs in Analytics.

Creating analytics experts at North Carolina State University

The SAS Distinguished Professor award recognizes a professor using SAS in teaching and/or research and supporting successful student use of SAS.

Dr. David Dickey, recipient of the SAS Distinguished Professor award, is the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Statistics, an instructor of the Masters in Analytics program at North Carolina State University and the co-creator of the Dickey-Fuller test for time series. He has developed many innovative ways to use SAS – from the most elementary to advanced analytics and time series topics. He teaches data mining, forecasting and statistical topics, and supports SAS in many ways. In addition to teaching generations of SAS users at North Carolina State University, Dickey has been a contract instructor and beta tester for the SAS Education Division, and has authored numerous statistics and analytics books.

Tomorrow's analytics leaders

Also recognized were the 2014 SAS Student Ambassadors representing 13 institutions. These students use SAS in innovative ways that benefit their respective industries and research. They are:

Aaron Clark from Grand Valley State University; Lucy D’Agostino McGowan, Renee Gennarelli and Sarah Lyons from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis; Carl Grafe from University of Utah; Nurul Husna Jamian from Universiti Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam; Chan Jin from Georgia Regents University; Pankush Kalgotra from Oklahoma State University; Milica Miocevic from Arizona State University; Elizabeth Rowse from Cardiff University; Grant Schneider from The Ohio State University; Deanna Schreiber-Gregory from North Dakota State University; Rafal Wojdan from Warsaw School of Economics; Yang Ge from Lancaster University; and, Xiao Yao from The University of Edinburgh.

Winners of 19 student scholarships and 10 faculty scholarships representing an additional 29 institutions were also recognized.

Today's announcement was made at SAS Global Forum, the world's largest gathering of SAS users, attended by more than 4,500 business and IT users of SAS software and solutions. Select sessions and keynotes from the user conference will be livestreamed.

About SAS

SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions, SAS helps customers at more than 70,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®. SAS and all other SAS Institute Inc. product or service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of SAS Institute Inc. in the USA and other countries. ® indicates USA registration. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies. Copyright © 2014 SAS Institute Inc. All rights reserved.

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