New certificate at Kennesaw State University will make Fortune 500 companies take notice

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Dec. 4‚ 2006) — Fortune 500 companies will take notice when they see Kennesaw State…

Georgia (Dec 4, 2006) — New certificate at Kennesaw State University will make Fortune 500 companies take notice

Frances Weyand


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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Dec. 4‚ 2006) — Fortune 500 companies will take notice when they see Kennesaw State University listed on a resume thanks to a new certificate in Statistical Methods Using SAS. The most comprehensive data mining‚ business intelligence and statistical analysis software available‚ SAS is used by 96 percent of Fortune 500 companies. Kennesaw State is the only institution in the University System of Georgia to offer a certificate in partnership with the SAS Institute.

“KSU is uniquely positioned to offer this certificate because our faculty and staff have already been providing SAS training in our classes‚” said Victor Kane‚ chair of the department of mathematics and statistics. “We chose to train our students using the SAS program because it is the most widely recognized leading statistical software available.”

Faculty in the department of mathematics and statistics view the new certificate as an opportunity for KSU students to differentiate themselves from all other graduates and gain a cutting−edge advantage in the marketplace through hands−on training.

“We are excited to offer this certificate to our students because it will directly impact their marketability‚” said Jennifer Lewis Priestley‚ assistant professor of statistics and Certified SAS Professional. “If students conduct a job search on the Internet with the keyword ‘SAS‚’ they will find a substantive number of opportunities available for this elite category.”

She added that employers appreciate graduates with an extensive knowledge of SAS because it reduces the time companies have to spend on employee training.

“We have documented evidence that students earning these jointly awarded certificates are getting $10‚000 to $15‚000 more than those without the certificates‚” said Jerry Oglesby‚ director of higher education consulting and global certification for SAS. “I feel that the program with KSU has the potential to highlight students’ considerable additional experiences and exposure to real−world problem−solving and will likely show tremendous lift with potential employers.”

Students will have to complete 12 hours of courses that offer SAS training to qualify for the certificate. The certificate will benefit students from a wide variety of disciplines‚ including psychology‚ nursing‚ political science‚ business‚ marketing and finance. The first certificate will be awarded at the December commencement.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.



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