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    Wharton Online

    The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania will be offering an online cert in Business Analytics.

    Wharton School to Offer New "Business Analytics" Specialization on Coursera Online Learning Platform

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    Good find Kizmet!

    Here's the link to the actual Wharton Business Analytics certificate program: $595
    https://www.coursera.org/specializat...ness-analytics
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    It might not hurt to splash the Wharton brand across your resume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet View Post
    It might not hurt to splash the Wharton brand across your resume.
    Agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet View Post
    It might not hurt to splash the Wharton brand across your resume.
    Wouldn’t necessarily hurt my résumé; nonetheless, unclear as to this particular certificate (even with The Wharton School brand) being an obvious benefit at this stage of my career objectives…
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    Quote Originally Posted by major56 View Post
    Wouldn’t necessarily hurt my résumé; nonetheless, unclear as to this particular certificate (even with The Wharton School brand) being an obvious benefit at this stage of my career objectives…
    An attention grabber, perhaps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce View Post
    An attention grabber, perhaps?
    Perhaps...
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    Johns Hopkins offers a 10 course certification in data science (very very hot field) through the same third party provider, Coursera. About $50 a course.

    Why stop with adding Wharton to the vita? Why not Johns Hopkins as well?

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    Can certificate graduates access the Wharton and/or UPenn's alumni network?
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    No idea whether they have access to the alumni network. I do know that Wharton is touting the program big time in news releases and on their website under Wharton Online, so since they're owning it like that, maybe. But either way, I can't believe the value and if one can get a legit certification from arguably the best biz school in the world for $600, good gosh, why not? BTW, I just registered for the Wharton Biz Analytics certificate program. We'll see if I can balance this with taking Intermediate II accounting , teaching four courses in law and two courses in intro to accounting (yes, I know, an extreme overload for an academic, I do the overload to try and pay the bills, feed the kids, service the mortgage). Either my GPA, student evals, family life or sanity has got to give.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FTFaculty View Post
    But either way, I can't believe the value and if one can get a legit certification from arguably the best biz school in the world for $600, good gosh, why not?
    No reason. But I expect what will happen is that those who earn this credential will waaaaaay oversell it on their resumes, occasionally to their embarrassment and detriment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveFoerster View Post
    No reason. But I expect what will happen is that those who earn this credential will waaaaaay oversell it on their resumes, occasionally to their embarrassment and detriment.
    ^^This.

    I had a classmate who managed to work into almost every conversation that she graduated from Harvard. At graduation, her undergrad degree was listed as "A.L.B. Harvard Extension School".

    A HES degree is certainly nothing to sneeze at, but she made it sound like she was a regular at the Harvard Club for high tea with the Harvards, Leveretts, and Brattles.

    I was just pissed that that little tidbit didn't come to light until it was too late to use it to shut her up.
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    I hate to snipe when you were agreeing with me, Bruce, but your example is completely different from this situation in that your classmate really did unambiguously graduate from Harvard.
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    Anyone who doesn't tout it as what it is, i.e., "Certificate in XYZ, Wharton School, Penn, via Coursera", deserves any humiliation they get.

    Reminds me of Sutton Turner, the former General Manager of a megachurch out west who listed his education as "Harvard Business School" on Linkedin (profile apparently now removed after the megachurch imploded for alleged financial misfeasance and abusive practices). The guy's only connection with HBS was an open admissions, short term exec ed program that anyone with enough money in their pocket could attend. The guy has a great academic bio with an SMU-Cox MBA and a second masters from Texas A&M, but because he tried to overplay his greatness, he comes across as utterly ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce View Post
    ^^This.

    I had a classmate who managed to work into almost every conversation that she graduated from Harvard. At graduation, her undergrad degree was listed as "A.L.B. Harvard Extension School".

    A HES degree is certainly nothing to sneeze at, but she made it sound like she was a regular at the Harvard Club for high tea with the Harvards, Leveretts, and Brattles.

    I was just pissed that that little tidbit didn't come to light until it was too late to use it to shut her up.
    HES is legit, and I can't knock anyone who has the intestinal fortitude to work their way through an HES program and get the minimum grades from Harvard profs, but it's not HBS or Harvard College or Harvard Law or any of the above. It's not like this HES grad has rubbed shoulders with future presidents and CEOs and gotten something out of those associations, "paaaked their caaah on the Haavaad Yaaad" or anything like that. It's a great accomplishment and I've suggested it to students and even, a decade ago, considered it myself, but again, it isn't exactly the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FTFaculty View Post
    Anyone who doesn't tout it as what it is, i.e., "Certificate in XYZ, Wharton School, Penn, via Coursera", deserves any humiliation they get.

    Reminds me of Sutton Turner, the former General Manager of a megachurch out west who listed his education as "Harvard Business School" on Linkedin (profile apparently now removed after the megachurch imploded for alleged financial misfeasance and abusive practices). The guy's only connection with HBS was an open admissions, short term exec ed program that anyone with enough money in their pocket could attend. The guy has a great academic bio with an SMU-Cox MBA and a second masters from Texas A&M, but because he tried to overplay his greatness, he comes across as utterly ridiculous.
    CORRECTION: It's Zoominfo, not LinkedIn, and his listing, which still exists in somewhat outdated form, claims he is "an alumnus of Harvard Business School". Total lie. You are not an alumnus of any university by dint of taking a short term exec ed course. He might be able to claim alum status of the particular open admissions exec ed program he took (though that would be an odd use of the word), but if so, one might as well refer to themselves as an "alum" of Princeton because they took an exec ed course in ethics from Princeton via Coursera.

    Academic charlatans are so boring and so easy to spot to all but the uninitiated.

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