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|Road Scholar Commuting From New York to Study Knowledge Management
—by John Rivera
It’s not uncommon to hear students in Gator Alley snack shop complain about monster commutes to school. But it’s doubtful anyone can top Kerry McDonald, who travels nearly 200 miles each way to class at Notre Dame.
Luckily, he only has to do it once a week.
Kerry, a health care consultant who started the M.S. in Analytics in Knowledge Management in August, rides the train every Wednesday from New York to Baltimore for class. But why?
“I looked at some other schools and didn’t find in their curriculum the depth of what I was looking at in terms of knowledge management,” he says. “Notre Dame did a good job of putting together a competitive program.”
The phenomenon that is attracting students like Kerry to Notre Dame’s Analytics in Knowledge Management program is the trend toward mining Big Data. In Kerry’s case, he wants to design systems to manage the increasing amounts of health care data, especially with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
“I think this program will give me the educational competence to help design some of the databases for managing knowledge in health care,” he said. “It’s definitely going to be an expanding field in the next number of years.”
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