What recedes as data science rises?

With Cassandra Pattanayak (Wellesley College)


What should be removed from a syllabus when data science topics are added? Which existing courses should be offered less frequently to make room for data science, and which courses have relatively lower enrollments? What does a data science major/minor NOT know that a statistics major/minor knows? What does the emphasis on data science remove from the training of students headed toward various professions? This session is an attempt to clarify and acknowledge and actively choose what is lost or de-emphasized as statistics education redefines itself in exciting ways. We will discuss participants’ own experiences and views and examine some of the areas that seem to be increasingly displaced. The goal is to be deliberate about the necessary deletions - not just the additions - that occur when we make room for data science.