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Kellogg School of Management Students Will Use Free, Standard Data Analysis Software in All Classes

After two years exploring software options, a faculty committee at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management has chosen a single data analysis and statistical software for use in all Kellogg courses.

Now, instead of having to learn up to three different statistical software packages for different courses, Kellogg students will use the new software, called Stata, as the standard for any coursework requiring statistical analysis. Students will receive a free lifetime license providing access to the software.

“With this new addition to the Kellogg curriculum, students will be able to go straight into application in courses that use statistical analysis instead of spending time learning a new system,” Jan Van Mieghem, senior associate dean of curriculum and teaching, said in a statement.

After extensive research, the faculty committee formed to select a standard package chose Strata for its flexibility. It covers a wide range of statistical techniques, includes a variety of tools to analyze survey data, panel data and survival analysis, and is programmable, which means users can add new commands.

“It’s not easy for everybody to set aside their preferred preferences, but faculty across the board worked hard to come to a solution that was best for the school and the students,” said Angela Lee, a Kellogg marketing professor who chaired the faculty committee. Stata’s flexibility will make it easy to use in courses ranging from required statistics core classes to advanced electives, she said.

Students in each the full-time, part-time, joint-degree and executive MBA programs can now install a free copy of the software through Kellogg Information Systems, and first-year students will learn how to use the program in Kellogg’s Statistical Methods for Management Decision course. Faculty also will be trained, and course textbooks and other tutorial materials have been updated to be compatible.

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