Getting students more “job ready” with IBM SPSS Statistics software

Helping Wichita State graduate students excel

Published on 31 Aug 2010

Our graduates have said this is one of the more important skill sets they learned. Regardless of the research question or the software they must use, they now have a firm understanding of the entire research process and, therefore, can do anything asked of them.

Dr. David Wright , WSU sociology professor

Wichita State University


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United States


Wichita State University (WSU), one of six state universities in Kansas, is a Doctoral/Research Intensive institution offering more than 60 undergraduate, 57 master’s and 12 doctoral degree programs, with an enrollment of more than 14,000 students. The graduate program in sociology chose IBM SPSS Statistics to better equip its students for today’s workplace.

Business need
To make students more “job ready” by teaching the entire research process, instead of just the end product.

The department chose IBM® SPSS® Statistics because its syntax was easy to learn and it seamlessly integrated with an entire family of analytics products – exposing students to the entire research analysis process.

Benefits to institution • Students learned to use data to address a multitude of research questions. • They learned marketable skills and increased their job readiness. • Students completed the program much faster – cutting graduation time in half. • Student research quality improved, making it easier to publish their masters’ theses in scholarly journals and present them at academic conferences.


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

SPSS Statistics GradPack

Educ: Open and Aligned Learning, BA - Business Analytics

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