Software giant SAS is making its analytics software and training available at a steep discount to universities and K-12 school districts in more than 40 states under a new deal announced Monday.
“It’s just a great vehicle to get our software in more educational institutions,” said Trent Smith, a spokesman for the Cary-based company.
SAS has signed a contract with the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, a nonprofit that works with about 1,000 public and private educational institutions serving more than 4 million students. In addition, MHEC has agreements in place that extends the SAS contract to two other, similar regional organizations – the Southern Regional Education Board and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
Combined, the three organizations assist educational institutions in 41 states.
The contract calls for SAS to offer training at a 60 percent discount. Discounts on software range from 80 percent to 100 percent – that is, free.
“Education is incredibly important to SAS,” Emily Baranello, director of SAS’s education practice, said in a statement. “Whether it’s giving away software and digital curriculum for free or offering our more advanced technology at reduced rates, we believe we can help these institutions improve teaching, learning and administration.”
Corporations, government agencies and others use SAS business intelligence and analytics software to analyze their operations and predict trends.
Today SAS software is used by more than 3,000 educational institutions worldwide in areas such as enrollment, retention, budgeting and measuring program effectiveness.
Several state educational systems use SAS Visual Analytics, which enables users to graphically portray large amounts of data, for, among other things, providing students data on career paths and career prospects.
In March SAS launched SAS Analytics U, an initiative that offers free SAS software for students and college professors.