The center will reinforce the skills students learn in the classroom by emphasizing writing, oral and presentation skills. This training will allow students to bridge the gap between a strong analytics background and the communication foundation to relay and interpret data for the business world.
Businesses searching for data analytics solutions will connect with teams of undergraduates working under a faculty mentor. Students will tackle this real-world problem solving during their analytics capstone course.
A gift from senior leadership within the JTV organization funded this cutting-edge analytics theory and practice center, along with investments in faculty, student fellowships, technological resources and more. JTV’s gift also will provide the center with funding for scholarships and fellowships as well as student travel to analytics conferences and competitions.
Jewelry Television (JTV) was founded in 1993 by Knoxville natives Bill Kouns, Bob Hall and Jerry Sisk Jr. While it is still headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, JTV is one of the largest jewelry retailers in the U.S., and it has built one of the strongest supply chains in the jewelry industry with offices in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jaipur, Mumbai and China.
About the Department of Business Analytics and Statistics
The Department of Business Analytics and Statistics' mission is to create knowledge through research and to disseminate that knowledge through its degree programs. The faculty uses the results of its application-focused research to educate students on how to affect positive change within organizations by emphasizing soft skills such as communication and team building alongside the targeted and effective use of analytics. The department’s continually evolving curriculum draws upon state-of-the-art theoretical and practical content from the fields of statistics, machine learning and operations research.