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United States : Free SAS software for higher education, adult learners now available.

A striking analytics skills gap is hampering employers from digging value from huge amounts of data. Launched today and offered free, SAS University Edition will help higher education build the statistical skills needed to fill this gap. Students and adult learners can jump-start careers and make themselves highly attractive to talent-hungry employers by building analytics expertise. Professors and researchers can augment instruction and power their research with industry-leading analytics.

Available globally, SAS University Edition provides free access to SAS software faster and easier than ever before. Under the umbrella of SAS Analytics U, a broad education initiative, this offering supports those teaching and learning statistics and quantitative methods. It also provides the statistical software needed for research and courses like economics, social sciences, business, health and engineering.

The analytics skills gap spans all major industries, which means tremendous opportunity for anyone with SAS expertise, said Emily Baranello, Director of the SAS Education Practice. With the free, simple download directly from SAS, SAS University Edition paves the way to better careers, instruction and research.

Download the software, join the community

Users can run the flexible SAS University Edition on a standalone PC, Mac or Linux workstation. The package includes access to the SAS Analytics U community, where users interact with each other, share ideas, ask questions and find more SAS resources.

The recently launched Analytics U communities invite professors and students to tap into a wide array of teaching, learning and research resources, and stay connected to SAS. The interactive community for SAS academic users includes chat, support and introductory videos.

Analytics is an important part of my instruction. A certain level of data awareness should be expected of students entering today s workforce, said Dr. Tyler Smith, Program Lead for National University s master s degree in health analytics, and a SAS University Edition early adopter. It has never been easier for me to integrate SAS into my courses and for my students to use it, and the communities make it simpler for them to find extra help outside the classroom.

SAS encourages everyone using SAS University Edition to join the community to improve their skills and knowledge.

Professors can access free tutorials and course notes, share best practices and case studies, and connect with each other in an online forum. The student community includes an online forum, numerous free resources, and a career center that connects them with analytics professionals and career or internship opportunities.

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