SAS Analytics U to offer free software, MOOCs

The new SAS University Edition and already established SAS OnDemand for Academics offer free use of SAS foundational technologies, ideal for data and statistical analysis in teaching, research and self-paced learning.

SAS SAS(r) Analytics U, a broad higher education initiative launched by SAS, includes free SAS software, university partnerships and engaging user communities that support the next generation of SAS users.

The SAS University Edition and revamped SAS OnDemand for Academics will offer students, professors and non-traditional learners free use of SAS technologies. Students pursuing SAS Certification (or looking to become a lucrative SAS data miner) can access actual code from certification courses.

In 2006, SAS partnered with North Carolina State University to launch the first analytics masters degree program. Since then, the demand for graduates with Big Data skills has increased dramatically, and graduates are well compensated. SAS will aggressively pursue new degree programs such as the ones the company supports at Texas A&M University, Louisiana State University, University of South Carolina, National University, Northwestern and many others. In addition, SAS has partnered with colleges to create more than 50 certificate programs around the world.

Working professionals and non-traditional students can gain SAS skills through the company's collaborations with online universities including Capella University and Athabasca University.

SAS will also take advantage of the growth of online and massive open online courses (MOOCs) to extend its reach beyond traditional university settings. Currently in development, SAS MOOCs will allow anyone to learn SAS programming to prepare for SAS certification, increase their marketability and enhance skills.

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