Opportunities for Massachusetts Community Colleges
Monday, June 13, 2022
“the keystone for the nation’s plan to help more people earn a postsecondary credential.”
Mapped A2B pathways for data science
BHCC -> UMD?
HCC -> UMA?
In order for data science transfer pathways to work, community colleges must offer a first course in data science.
“To prepare their graduates for this new data-driven era, academic institutions should encourage the development of a basic understanding of data science in all undergraduates.”
Cultivating a rich facility in data science requires repeated exposure: a single course is not sufficient for students to develop mastery.
bachelor’s programs in data science typically include a second course in data science, often taken during the sophomore year.
reinforce and extend fundamental skills in data wrangling, data visualization, statistical modeling, and predictive analytics.
A generic bachelor’s program in data science will include explicit instruction in how to advance science by computing with data in a reproducible, collaborative workflow.
Many of the existing STEM transfer options require two semesters of lab sciences as a component of their general education requirements.
At present, many of these courses may be less germane for data science students, but there is considerable potential for them to reinforce and build basic data sciences skills for all students while building domain knowledge.
As an alternative to explore, we can imagine that a future data science infused lab course could be developed as a way to provide more exposure to key data science topics while meeting the learning outcomes for a lab course.
Bachelor’s programs in data science include training in communication and ethics (what responsibilities to data scientists have to their users, customers, and society as a whole?, see Baumer et al, 2022).
Our recommendation is that institutions think carefully and holistically about how requirements for communication, ethics, and domain application can be used to accrue credits at community colleges and foster successful transfers.