Texas State University, in keeping with its vision and long-standing commitment to serving all round economic, industrial, and social growth and excellence in Texas, has set up the International Center for Data Science (ICDS) - a center of excellence in data science under authorization from the Data Science Council of America (DASCA).
The ICDS has been set up under an initiative adopted by the Texas State University System under the Accelerating Credentials of Purpose and Value Grant Committee of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Imagined as an apex center of excellence dedicated to training, learning, research, and development in data science and data technologies aligned to global standards, the ICDS aims to contribute to building a thriving, high-quality workforce in Texas with well-developed data science and analytical skills.
Data analytics and mathematical skills are not only critical for data scientists, analysts, technologists, engineers, statisticians, marketers and economists alone. Trends strongly indicate employers in Texas prefer proficiency in data analytics even from medical professionals, biologists, geologists and social scientists.
The ICDS is proud of the trust and support received by the leading Texan businesses, professionals, chambers, and associations that have been at the heart of the genesis of the establishment of ICDS. With tailored training and continuing education programs for the workforce across functions and industries, the ICDS hopes to meet the expectations of the students, advisors, and the community.
Key industry partners include Advanced Technology Centers of Accenture Federal Services, AMD, Dell Technologies, Epiphany Angel Ventures, Baylor Scott & White, Houston Methodist Hospital, H-E-B, Tailored Brands, Texas Healthcare & Bio-Science Institute. Extensive cooperation is also being extended by the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association (ARMA), Sam Houston State University, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Greater San Marcos Partnership, San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce, and Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce. The ICDS’ engagement of employers, chambers, and industry partners will ensure strong alignment between the credentials and employer needs that will expand educational and economic opportunities for Central Texans.
The academic programs of Texas State University and Sam Houston University listed here successfully completed evaluation by the Data Science Council of America and have been granted accreditation on April 6, 2022.
Texas State accomplished this achievement under the World Data Science Initiative for their demonstrated potential to deliver standards-backed data science education to students of multiple disciplines cutting across computer science, software engineering, economics, business management, and marketing among others. Notably, the delivery of the data science and data analytics components of these programs is centrally managed by the university’s International Center for Data Science (ICDS). Set up under the authorization of DASCA, the ICDS at Texas State University seamlessly integrates data science learning for students of as many as 45 academic programs cutting across disciplines and departments through its Zeus platform (https://zeus.tsus.edu).
A highlight of this ICDS-driven learning initiative of Texas State is students getting the opportunity to earn a coveted DASCA credential before they graduate!
There is a growing demand for skilled workforce in a variety of industries across the United States and Texas to achieve data-driven objectives. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has created Zeus Certifications to help develop skilled and knowledgeable workforce to meet the needs of the business community.
Zeus is an e-learning platform that offers short-term, postsecondary credential opportunities, and all the certifications offered through this platform will be industry-recognized and will incorporate skills and knowledge required by high-demand careers.
Data Science Pathways is an advanced Data Science course developed by the Texas State University System in association with the International Center for Data Science. This program is designed to help working-age Texans prepare to earn DASCA’s Associate Big Data Analyst (ABDA™) Certification.
Set yourself toward a pathway of success with Zeus certifications.