Ep 24: How Eastern Washington University Spins Up New Programs in Record Time w/ Dr. Scott Gordon

Ep 24: How Eastern Washington University Spins Up New Programs in Record Time w/ Dr. Scott Gordon

September 18, 2019 0 By Kailee Schamberger


– [Man] Helix. (upbeat music) – You spun up a new business analytics program in less than a year after learning that Microsoft,
one of the largest employers in your state was looking to hire huge numbers of data scientists. Talk about getting faculty buy-in and that kind of quick turn. – Don’t get me wrong I mean there are pockets of faculty who are suspicious about this, is this industry and business inputting themselves into the curriculum of higher education, and you know, one of the things that we did in order to get the buy-in of the faculty is that we were partnering with Microsoft but they weren’t going to be driving and dictating that the faculty would still have the ownership and control of their curriculum of their courses they could incorporate as much or as little of that
Microsoft Professional Program. So we had some faculty who incorporated modules here and there
but then we also had, no we wanna incorporate the entire Microsoft Professional Program and allow our students to not only get that degree in Business
Analytics but to get that Microsoft professional
certification as well. – Has this process made you optimistic to work with more employers on
new programs moving forward? – A lot of the communication that we’ve had with business industry they want the same
kinds of things we want. They want highly educated
critical thinkers, those that have the
ability to work in teams, those who can communicate
with spoken word, written word, not just the skillset needed for a particular discipline. So I think we’re, we’re not as far apart as what a lot of folks think. I think we just don’t have the opportunity just to sit down at the table and talk about these types of things.