For nearly every type of organization today, business analytics is used to turn raw company data into powerful insights that drive decision-making. However, this process can be a challenging task as analysts need to have the skills to collect and store massive datasets, clean and analyze data, translate results into meaningful decisions that make a positive impact, and, most importantly, effectively communicate their analysis to leadership.
| President and Co-Founder Olga Pak |
The mission of the Business Analytics Club is to foster an interactive learning environment that will help its members develop excellent data-driven decision-making skills, and help USC students—regardless of their university major
—fill this gap. Having the right data and analytics skills will open the doors for many more opportunities for University of South Carolina graduates.
According to a widely cited report by McKinsey and Co.
, within the next three years the United States could “face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills, as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.”
The club will offer students opportunities to learn more about business analytics, including software demonstrations in popular analytics programs such as SAS, Stata, SPSS, Tableau, R, and others. The club will also host guest speakers from the business and academic communities. Founding club members have expressed interest in conducting an annual community service project using data analytics to help the local community. In the future, the club hopes to compete in nationwide competitions such as the SAS Analytics Shootout.
The inaugural club meeting included 26 undergraduate and graduate students representing nearly all of the seven academic departments in the Moore School, as well as students from the Arnold School of Public Health and the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management. Additional attendees included Moore School faculty who offered their support to the new club.
The club plans to increase its outreach efforts in all colleges and schools within the university, drawing membership from a diversity of majors. Ultimately, the club hopes to increase awareness of business analytics and increase collaboration across campus.
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