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New Business Programs from American Public University System Designed to Enhance Data-Driven Decision-Making and Technical Management Skills for Adult Learners

Charles Town, WV, September 12, 2016American Public University System (APUS) today announced several new undergraduate and graduate business degree and certificate programs designed to improve data-driven decision-making and technical management skills for adult learners.

APUS programs are instructed by scholar-practitioners and reviewed by an Industry Advisory Council (IAC) for relevancy to today’s marketplace. The B.S. in Business Analytics and M.S. in Applied Business Analytics programs are particularly well-suited for health management, engineering, retail and other business professionals seeking to strengthen their business problem-solving and cost-efficiencies for their organizations, according to Chad Patrizi, dean of the APUS School of Business.   

“The need for professionals to interpret, present, and analyze data to help businesses succeed has accompanied the rise of big data in the past decade,” said Patrizi. “At least 98 percent of employers believe business graduates need to know how to use data to drive decisions, according to a 2013 survey by the Graduate Management Admission Council. This suggests that this competency should expect to see superior growth in demand for the foreseeable future.”

Analytics undergraduates integrate various statistical analytics outputs and applications and use real-time analytics applications to solve business problems.  Graduate students, in turn, construct descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytical models to define and quantify business problems for the purposes of analytical investigation and decision-making.
Technical Management 
The Undergraduate Certificate in Technical Management examines management and business functions to support systems design, development and integration, while the Associate (AAS) and Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Technical Management are designed to build upon prior education and work experience gained through community college or military technical courses and occupations. Certificate courses can be directly applied toward either the AAS or BAS, which focus on design and systems integration and management theories, concepts, and practices necessary to organize, motivate, and lead human capital, respectively.
These multidisciplinary programs enable students to leverage their related professional experience to refine and supplement their existing skills, while preparing them for management and supervisory roles.  BAS concentrations include: General Technical Management, Project Management, Technical Resource Management, and Management of Information Systems. 

The CPA Examination Preparation Undergraduate Certificate offers non-accounting business students the opportunity to fulfill the education requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.  Experience in accounting analysis and the preparation of financial reports are not only essential business skills, but also in high demand by employers in all industries. The curriculum for this 24 credit-hour program was developed by the university’s Industry Advisory Council, in cooperation with the Florida Education Advisory Committee (FEAC).

The new 18 credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Accounting is designed to provide professional development opportunities for mid-career accounting professionals in industry, consulting, and government. The program is designed to enhance existing accounting knowledge through better understanding of advanced accounting topics, and also offers the opportunity to fulfill the education requirements to sit for the CPA exam.

“APUS is one of just 16 institutions nationwide to hold a specialized accounting accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, and all eligible APUS business programs are so accredited,” added Patrizi. “We’re pleased to have been recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s annual qualitative ranking of top online degree programs, and each of these new business offerings even further enhance the depth and breadth of our business-relevant curriculum.”

Enrollment for all of the new APUS programs began September 1, 2016. 

About American Public University System

American Public University System, recipient of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and four-time recipient of the OLC Effective Practice Award, offers more than 190 online degree and certificate programs through American Military University and American Public University. More than 65,000 alumni worldwide have benefited from APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability, and flexibility in pursuing and earning degrees in such areas as business, information technology, and security and global studies. For further information, visit

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