Northeastern Grows Analytics Bootcamp ‘Level’

(Photo: Ian L, Creative Commons)

(Photo: Ian L, Creative Commons)

A bootcamp at Northeastern University that seeks to offer data analytics skills to professionals that are in increasingly higher demand is looking to expand both in reach and scope over the summer and fall while enrollment in the program continues to grow.

The program, known as Level, launched last year as a two-month intensive program that uses both in-class instruction and experiential learning. Students in the program are paired with employer partners of the school in order to help work on real-world analytics problems.

As the first bootcamp-style program of its kind in the country, Level represents the focus of the school to offer more flexible modes of education, meeting the needs of both the learner and the industry.

"We rec ­og ­nize that people are coming into the pro ­gram with dif ­ferent levels of ana ­lytics expe ­ri ­ence," said Nick Ducoff, vice pres ­i ­dent for new ven ­tures. "What ­ever level you come in at, we should have a pro ­gram for you. That's the goal."

To date, over 100 students have participated in the program, costing around $8,000. Sixty of these students began the program just this week throughout the university's regional campus network, including the school's flagship campus located in Boston, as well as graduate campuses in Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Charlotte, North Carolina. The program offers students multiple start dates throughout the year.

Close to 20% of program participants are alumni of the school who can take advantage of Northeastern's Double Husky Scholarship in order to pay for their education.

Northeastern is also set to begin offering a 20-week course this summer as a complimentary course to Level in a hybrid education format, which includes both online courses and in-person sessions one night per week as well as five weekend days. The course is currently available in Boston and will be soon offered throughout the regional campus network.

Level is also set to introduce two new tiers of coursework this fall, including "Level Set," which is an introductory course that will allow students to gain foundational analytics skills, as well as a version of the program that will focus more on marketing analytics that will allow students to increase the skills they need to lead data-driven marketing teams.

"As a result of our program, the rest of Northeastern is realizing the demand for tech-biased, shorter, experiential and industry-aligned learning," said Ducoff.

While the majority of skills-training bootcamp programs across the country focus on coding, Level's data analysis curriculum is less common. Parul Singh, an instructor at Level, said the program is directed more at people who do not necessarily have much higher education, writes Marguerite McNeal for EdSurge.

"The field of data analytics has more jobs than data science. There are a lot of opportunities that require breadth, not depth. Even in digital humanities, to do work in sociology and psychology you need analytics," Singh said.

Although other universities, like Rutgers, are beginning to launch coding bootcamps, Ducoff said they are still in the early phase while Northeastern is set to increase its offerings, including a bootcamp in marketing analytics, set to be introduced this fall.

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