Ethics Missing from Data Science Programs

Programs for Undergraduates Reviewed

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A new study from researchers from the University of Arizona looked at the growing number of data science programs for undergraduate students. Although these programs provide solid background in computer science and statistics, and mathematics, the researchers found that programs were lacking in courses that exposed students to the ethical issues faced in the field. In addition, many programs fell short in providing domain specific coursework. The complete paper provides more detail on the programs included in the study. The researchers compare the offerings of current undergraduate programs in data science with the recommendations of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This is a timely examination of programs in initial stages of development. It provides an important look at how at least part of the emerging data science work force is being prepared.

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