Appalachian leads in analytics education, implements SAS Viya for students

Thanks to an ongoing partnership with SAS Institute, Appalachian State University is on the leading edge of analytics education and research.

According to Center for Analytics and Research Education (CARE) Director Joseph Cazier, Appalachian is one of a select group of universities globally to offer its students access to SAS Viya, the company's latest program addition to the open platform suite of products for coding.

The software, which offers real time process of data with in-memory statistics, is funded through an in-kind donation from SAS and the implementation will receive support from the Walker College of Business and the Beaver College of Health Sciences.

"SAS Viya is the latest cloud-based implementation from SAS," said Cazier. "In the era of Big Data, this is exactly the type of tool that our students need to master to lead the companies they join upon graduation."

Cazier added that the implementation also keeps Appalachian's faculty on the cutting edge. In his role with CARE, Cazier leads teams of faculty members and business students in research utilizing analytics to promote positive change.

About the Center for Analytics Research and Education (CARE)

The Center for Analytics Research and Education (CARE) at Appalachian State University utilizes analytics to promote positive behavioral change in the world and do Analytics for Good. Housed in the Walker College of Business, the center enhances the reputation of the university by seeking out projects that have a positive impact on society and avoiding those that would have a negative impact. Big data is inherently interdisciplinary, and CARE faculty work to further research in the areas of sustainability, education, health and wellness, human resource science, and economic development, among others. Learn more at

Published: Jul 31, 2018 10:27am