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Janet Prichard, Ph.D.
Title: Professor, Computer Information Systems
Phone: (401) 232-6269
Education: Ph.D., Applied Mathematical Sciences/Computer Science, University of Rhode Island; M.S., Computer Science, University of Rhode Island; M.S., Business Analytics, Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business; B.A., Mathematics, Providence College
With a Ph.D. and 30 years of teaching experience in higher education, Janet Prichard took a sabbatical beginning in August of 2013 and headed right back into the classroom – as a graduate student. At Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, she completed a master’s degree in Business Analytics in less than a year, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. The experience, she says, was intense, enlightening, exhilarating, and humbling.
“One of the most important lessons I learned while in school is the importance of analytics to successful businesses,” she says. “In today’s world, almost every action that we take is recorded, creating data. Organizations that embrace analytics can make better data-driven decisions. Students in just about any field of study who have the skills to analyze data will have a huge advantage in the job market.”
Each semester, Prichard was assigned to a team responsible for completing various assignments and projects. “It was interesting to see the group dynamics from a student’s point of view,” she says. “I learned that students enjoy using technology in ways that effectively enhance their educational experience and appreciate when classroom time is utilized for discussion of material and hands-on learning. They like to know that what they are learning can be applied in the ‘real world’ and also have an expectation of rapid feedback.”
Several things prompted Prichard to add to her already impressive academic pedigree and take a turn on the other side of the podium. “Business analytics is going to be a high-growth area for employment in the next five years,” she says. “The knowledge I've gained with this degree enables me to bring the latest analytical techniques into the classroom, especially in our analytics undergraduate concentration and new graduate-level certificate program. I am so excited to bring back to Bryant what I have learned.”