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Rutgers Announces Launch of Data Analytics/Big Data Certificate Program


The Center for Innovation Education at Rutgers University is now offering an innovative online program for professionals who wish to expand their skill-set in the areas of data analytics and big data.

New Brunswick, New Jersey (PRWEB) February 17, 2016

The Center for Innovation Education at Rutgers University, is pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive, 44-week skills-based technology career program, beginning Mar. 29th, 2016. Rutgers University has partnered with Experiential Teaching Online (XTOL Corp.) to offer a remote, collaboration-driven course focused on big data and data analytics to recent graduates and professionals in New Jersey and throughout the United States.

Graduates of the Data Analytics/Big Data program will:

  • Gain a broad range of job-ready skills (technical and business) in numerous fields.
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion.
  • Complete a portfolio of professional-quality work to present to prospective employers.
  • Leave with end-to-end project experience working on real life challenges

The certificate was developed using XTOL's proven Story-Centered Curriculum approach — an approach in which students are placed in authentic, team-based, professional roles that incorporate knowledge and skill-based tasks. In the program, faculty members mentor the students and evaluate student performance on work produced.

Rutgers University will offer the following courses, which when taken sequentially, comprises the Data Analytics/Big Data Certificate:

*Data Analytics – Discovering and Exploiting Patterns in Data
     Understanding Customers: 4 weeks (30 hours per week); 8 weeks (15 hours per week)
     Predicting Profitability and Customer Preferences: 4 weeks (30 hours per week); 8 weeks (15 hours per week)
*Big Data – Advanced Skills
     Web Mining: 8 weeks (30 hours per week); 16 weeks (15 hours per week)
     Deep Analytics and Visualization: 6 weeks (30 hours per week); 12 weeks (15 hours per week)

"Utilizing XTOL's proven Story-Centered Curriculum approach, the Rutgers certificate program provides critical skills to individuals who don't necessarily have a computer science background," said Stephen Carter, Director of the Center for Innovation Education at Rutgers University. "Students acquire authentic experience at a more realistic pace conducive to learning and at a cost that they can afford."

One of the unique aspects of the university certificate program is the mentoring provided to students by faculty members. The programs offer the convenience of an entirely online curriculum as well as individual and team-based faculty mentorship. Designed and delivered by current and former faculty of Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, and Yale Universities, Rutgers subject matter experts bring extensive experience to the programs.

Stephen Carter, Director of the Center for Innovation Education said, "We are excited about this innovative program and believe it to be a valuable option for professionals who wish to expand their skill-set in the areas of data analytics and big data. In partnership with XTOL, we are responding to the growing demand for highly skilled analytical employees in New Jersey and beyond. "

For more information and to request an information packet about the Data Analytics/Big Data certificate program, visit A live information session will be held on campus on March 1st at 6pm, with online information sessions taking place on February 22nd at 7pm and March 12th at 10am. Individuals can register for information sessions at and

About Rutgers and the Center for Innovation Education

Rutgers is a leading national research university and New Jersey's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to providing and services that help individuals and the local, national, and global communities.

The Rutgers Center for Innovation Education (RIE) offers a variety of certificate, non-degree, and degree programs that can help you increase your earning potential, meet licensing & certification requirements, transition into a new career, and update your professional skills. Its mission is to provide the most current and up-to-date professional and continuing education for technologists, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

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