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  • Colleges drill down on job-listing terms

    The Wall Street Journal - 04/03/2016

    Northeastern University in Boston used a deep dive into the data to shape offerings at U.S. satellite campuses in Charlotte, N.C., Seattle and San Jose, Calif., and identify locations for its next hubs.

    To identify skills and credentials in highest demand, a seven-person team layers traditional labor-market and population forecasts over real-time data on job openings in specific fields along with counts of how many people received relevant degrees.

    A review of Bay Area job postings uncovered over 16,000 positions specifying data-analytics skills, so Northeastern in January started a two-month boot camp on data analytics for people who don’t want or need a full master’s degree in computer science.

    “It’s not rocket science to see there’s an issue here,” said P.K. Agarwal, regional dean and CEO of Northeastern’s Silicon Valley campus.

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