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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.

The latest in SAS® statistical software and programming environments

SAS University Edition provides everything users need to put the most current statistical and quantitative methods to work. In addition to foundational SAS technologies, it includes SAS Studio, a programming and development environment that runs locally within a web browser.

SAS Studio makes it easy to interact with SAS any time, any place, and submit SAS code from any device that supports SAS University Edition. It looks the same on all supported devices, which makes it easier to teach and learn.

With more than three decades of experience working in education, SAS’ rich heritage in higher education presages a thriving future. SAS is used at more than 3,000 institutions worldwide for teaching, research and administration.

About SAS

SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions, SAS helps customers at more than 70,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®. SAS and all other SAS Institute Inc. product or service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of SAS Institute Inc. in the USA and other countries. ® indicates USA registration. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies. Copyright © 2014 SAS Institute Inc. All rights reserved.

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