Twenty percent of U.S. four-year institutions now offer analytics programs, while just 2 percent of two-year institutions offer such programs, according to new research from data company Tableau.

The increase in programs comes from a push to expand analytics offerings to ensure more students are prepared to work with data in their careers.

The report, The State of Data Education in 2016, notes that universities also are offering interdisciplinary education in analytics by embedding basic data literacy into other fields--a move that reflects data's growing importance across all industries.

“Data literacy is now a baseline expectation in jobs of all kinds,”...

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