Certificate Award in Applied Data Analysis

Have you been wanting to build your skills in leveraging data to inform decision-making? Do you have a need to understand the level of effectiveness of your program and share that information with others? Do you want to build your skills in analyzing and displaying data? The Certificate Award in Applied Data Analysis may be for you!

  • Supportive learning environment with a cohort of your peers
  • Flexible structure (combination of online and in-person learning)
  • Three Courses
    • Conceptualizing the Problem (8 weeks)
    • Digging into Data (8 weeks)
    • Telling the Story with Data (6 weeks)
    • Culminates in a final project
      • Analyze data of your choice
      • Visualize your data using charts and graphs

Course Format

Participants must successfully complete courses in order (i.e., course 1, 2 and 3) to receive a certificate of completion. The courses will be taught using a hybrid design (course 1) or entirely in person (courses 2 and 3). Participants will meet weekly with the instructor and complete readings and learning activities through Blackboard. Certain themes will be woven throughout the courses (i.e., communication and presentation style; culminating project).

Prerequisites 

It is recommended that participants should have completed a beginning statistics course and have a working knowledge of Excel.

Certificate of Completion

In order to earn a certificate of completion, participants must complete all assignments ensuring that a standard of quality is met. This will include a culminating project, developed based upon the needs of their own organization.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)  

Participants who complete the entire program will earn 7.5 hrs. of Fresno State CEUs.  Please note: 1 CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of instruction. Therefore, 7.5 hrs. of Fresno State CEUs is equivalent to 75 hours of instruction for the entire program.

To register online, click on the red register button below or you may download a registration form here.

Course #1 - Conceptualizing the Problem (Offered in Fall 2017)

In this course, participants will conceptualize the problem they wish to address in their organization (e.g., improve school climate or understand the impact of their tutoring program). Once they have developed an understanding of key factors involved, they will then develop a data collection plan to help them either understand the needs of their stakeholders better or assess impact.

Class No.: 77283 (web-enhanced)
Dates:  4 Mondays; August 28September 11, 25 and October 9 will meet in person and Arranged time through Blackboard
Times: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Place:  Kremen Education Building, Room 438 (CLASSROOM CHANGE)
Fees: $700
Units:  Non-credit
Semester:  Fall 2017

Instructor:  Amber Jacobo, Ed.D., works at the Fresno County Office of Education in Data and Assessment.  She has twenty years of experience designing and evaluating educational programs and fifteen years of experience working with district and community leaders to help them understand how to better use data to drive improvements. She has been teaching Research Methods and Program Evaluation at Fresno State since 2008.

Preregistration deadline is August 21, 2017.

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Course #2 - Digging into Data (Offered in Fall 2017)

In this course, participants will collect data from both primary and secondary sources and put this data into a format that allows appropriate analysis. The primary tool for analysis will be Excel since all participants have access to this software. How to clean, prepare variables and analyze the data collection will be the focus of this applied course in data analysis.

Class No.: 77282 (web-enhanced)
Dates:  8 Mondays; October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 27, December 4, 11 & 18 will meet in person, No class on November 20, and Arranged time through Blackboard. 
Times: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Place:  Kremen Education Building, Room 438 (CLASSROOM CHANGE)
Fees: $700
Units:  Non-credit
Semester:  Fall 2017

Instructor:  Corey Greenlaw, Ed.D., works with the Fresno County Office of Education in Data and Assessment. He has worked with schools and districts in the areas of assessment and data use. Dr. Greenlaw has worked for Fresno State as an adjunct instructor since 2006 and has taught numerous statistics and data analysis courses.

Preregistration deadline is October 16, 2017.

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Course #3 - Telling the Story with Data (Offered in Spring 2018)

In this course, participants will interpret their data from course 2 to determine which "stories" will be most important to highlight about their work. Participants will learn best practices for charting data considering a variety of audiences and practice their learning by developing and presenting a final "report" of their key findings.

Class No.: 36202 (web-enhanced)
Dates:  6 Wednesdays; January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7 and 14 will meet in person and Arranged time through Blackboard.
Times: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Place:  Kremen Education Building, Room 140
Fees: $500
Units:  Non-credit
Semester:  Spring 2018

Instructors:  Corey Greenlaw, Ed.D. and Amber Jacobo, Ed.D.

Preregistration deadline is January 3, 2018.

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Please contact Amber Jacobo at ajacobo@fcoe.org, 559.497.3855 for additional information regarding the program.