OnlineCSU Receives Funding For Two New Programs in Data Mining

January 17, 2001

For Immediate Release

HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 12 — The Connecticut State University in

conjunction with Central Connecticut State University has received $60,000

in grants to develop and offer two new online programs leading to a

certificate or a master’s degree in data mining.

Both the certificate program and the master’s degree program, which may

be the first of its kind to be available entirely online, will be developed

and taught by faculty at Central Connecticut State University located in New

Britain. Both programs will be offered by CSU’s virtual classroom,


“Data mining is an exciting and evolving field of study, and we believe

that the cutting-edge programs being developed by Central Connecticut State

University’s faculty will prepare students to meet a growing need and

succeed as information technology professionals,” said Herman Lujan, CSU’s

chief academic officer.

Only a handful of schools currently offer master’s degree programs in

data mining, including Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Lyon in

France and the University of East Anglia in England. None of these

institutions offers a data mining program exclusively online, according to

Daniel T. Larose, an assistant professor of statistics at Central

Connecticut State University who will develop and serve as director of the

two OnlineCSU programs. Other CCSU faculty directly involved in the

development of these programs are Chun Jin, Joan Calvert and Daniel S.


Data mining experts are among the most sought-after professionals in

information technology. Data mining entails the analysis of information from

customers, partners and suppliers to provide predictive information.

Applications of data mining include fraud detection, credit card scoring and

personal profile marketing.

The certificate program, which will begin offering classes in the fall

2001, was awarded a $25,000 grant. The master’s degree program, which will

begin classes in January 2002, received a $35,000 grant. Both grants were

awarded by the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium.

The CCSU programs offered through OnlineCSU will provide students with

the statistical and mathematical foundation for data mining, in addition to

hands-on experience with state-of-the-art software. A student could complete

the 12-credit certificate program and two prerequisite courses in a year.

The master’s degree program will require students to complete 30 credits in

required courses. Among these will be courses in statistics, computer

science, mathematics and engineering technology. Prerequisite courses in

mathematics and computer programming also will be offered as part of the

master’s program.

The Connecticut State University System, which includes Central

Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University and

Western Connecticut State University, began offering web-based classes via

OnlineCSU in 1998. OnlineCSU offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate

courses, including one full degree program, a master of library science

offered by Southern Connecticut State University. More than 3,000 students

have taken courses through OnlineCSU and enrollment for Spring 2001 will

exceed 800 students.

The Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium is a partnership of public

and private colleges and universities offering online college programs that

is funded by the state of Connecticut.

Contact: Dean Golembeski, CSU Public Relations, (860) 493-0093,