College of Business


May 10th, 2019 – SAS Global Academic Program and the College of Business organized two workshops. The workshops were aimed at discovering various opportunities in data analytics/manipulation techniques available to all faculty at CSUMB.

The morning session provided important information about SAS Academic Program, its support for CSUMB students and faculty, emerging career opportunities in data analytics, various certifications, and academic and experiential engagement. It also covered the importance of data analytics as an embedded requirement in any contemporary field of work, improved learning for students, and other academic and experiential engagement. Mr. Grant, the workshop leader, provided an overview of digital certifications that students can earn and various resources available in terms of software offerings from SAS.

The afternoon session was a hands-on workshop using the free SAS University Edition. The session covered getting started with SAS University Edition, exploring data with tasks, running summary statistics, and other commonly used tests, tricks, and procedures in visualizing data.

The College of Business currently has a SAS Business Analytics Joint Certification that students can earn by taking the required courses and completing the requirements. Faculty uses the SAS University Edition or Base SAS and various other analytical tools as part of the curriculum to impart critical skills needed for students to succeed in a contemporary job market.

Attendees towards the end of the afternoon session

SAS University Edition is free and includes the SAS products Base SAS®, SAS/STAT®, SAS/IML®, SAS/ACCESS® Interface to PC Files, and SAS® Studio. Teachers, students, adult learners, and academic researchers can access the SAS University Edition software for non-commercial learning purposes. For more information, visit SAS University Edition. This edition of SAS works locally on your computer by using virtualization software and there are some limitations.

Mr. Tom Grant, an educator himself, is currently a principal analytical training consultant in the SAS Global Academic Program. He assists higher education institutions in the effective use of SAS. Mr. Grant has worked as a consultant, assisting SAS customers with implementation of analytic projects in various industries, including banking, retail services, insurance, manufacturing, and website analysis. He also teaches Introduction to Statistics at a small liberal arts college.

The event was organized with the help and support of:

  • Emily Pressman, MSLS, Global Academic Program Manager, SAS Education, Los Angles, CA.
  • Marilou Chanrasmi, Principal Training Operations Specialist, SAS Institute, Inc., SAS Global Academic Program, Minneapolis, MN

We are very thankful for the help, support, and encouragement from the College of Business Dean, Dr. Shyam Kamath, and the Business Department Chair, Dr. Marylou Shockley. We also acknowledge the guidance of Dr. Babita Gupta, the director of AACSB Accreditation at CSUMB.