Any discussion about the challenges of big data will eventually come to the talent gap—the demand for people with big data analytics skills is expected to dramatically outpace supply over the next several years, CIO reports. Universities are moving to address the need, says Barb Wixom, associate professor of Commerce at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, but they need businesses to work with them if their efforts are to bear fruit. “What faculty are looking for today is access to real, big data sets,” says Wixom, author of the 2013 State of Business Intelligence survey conducted on behalf of the Business Intelligence Congress and sponsored by the Teradata University Network. “They want to show students the impact of the data explosion, demonstrate the linkage between data and business outcomes and teach exactly how to achieve those outcomes.”

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Jake New studied journalism at Indiana University, where he was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, the Indiana Daily Student. At the IDS, Jake covered the IU administration, minority student issues, and state education policy. After a brief stint at the Bloomington Herald-Times covering IU, crime, and local politics, Jake interned at the Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington D.C, writing about online learning, open-access policies, academic publishing, and ed-tech startups. Jake joined eCampus News as an assistant editor in May 2013, where he continues to cover technology and higher education. His days often begin with a cup of coffee and the sinking feeling that another MOOC story is just around the corner. Follow Jake via Twitter: @eSN_Jake