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Rutgers announces new HR program with analytics focus

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David Allen, department chair of human resource management, Rutgers University.
David Allen, department chair of human resource management, Rutgers University. - ()

In 2017, this might be stating the obvious, but: Data has changed the way everyone does business.

In recognition of this, Rutgers University is launching a human resources analytics concentration program in the fall of 2017 to prepare HR professionals to translate the data science and their organization’s goals.

“We want to train them for what data science methods are available and what questions they should be asking when they get the data,” said David Allen, department chair of human resource management at Rutgers.

“In addition to the basic statistics that our students (study) already, we’re adding a couple of courses on more advanced analytics and internal consulting in terms of what to do with the data that we collect,” he added.

Dave Ferio, director of the graduate program in human resource management, Rutgers University.
Dave Ferio, director of the graduate program in human resource management, Rutgers University. - ()

Dave Ferio, director of the graduate program in human resource management at Rutgers, said this practical application of these abilities can help the emerging HR workforce add greater value to business operations.

“You're going to be able to more systematically and logically upgrade your workforce, deal with the issues in a more refined way and orchestrate the right HR practices that add the most value to solving an issue or advancing the organization and make it more competitive,” he said.

The application deadline is March 1.

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