Leaders from 36 different companies and organizations are partnering with the Translational Data Analytics Institute on the design of a new graduate degree that TDAI plans to launch in the 2019-20 academic year.
Geared toward mid-career professionals, the new degree will be a Professional Science Master’s in translational data analytics, a specific degree type that incorporates industry input to ensure students gain the most relevant skills and knowledge. “The field of of data science and analytics advances very quickly, which can easily leave people already in the workforce feeling outmoded,” says TDAI Interim Executive Director Raghu Machiraju. “As part of TDAI’s commitment to workforce development in this field, we are developing the PSM in translational data analytics to provide advanced training that is of real value to current professionals.”
On Aug. 14, a facilitator from the Business – Higher Education Forum led a roundtable discussion with 40 representatives from businesses such as Accenture, Ford, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, several state agencies, Battelle, the Midwest Big Data Hub and Air Force Research Laboratory, and more. Throughout the day, participants emphasized the importance of developing students’ abilities to extract meaning from data and convey it effectively to end users, and of a work-based program in which students apply classroom learning to real-world scenarios.
The group reviewed and provided feedback on a proposed curriculum that TDAI faculty in residence Mario Peruggia, Dorinda Gallant and Joyce Wang developed following an initial roundtable with industry partners in July 2017. Plans for the PSM in translational data analytics were the result of a comprehensive assessment that Gallant and Machiraju conducted of the university’s data science and analytics academic programming.
Once the new degree is approved and enrolling students, industry partners will continue to participate in a variety of capacities, including serving on advisory boards, providing capstone experiences, and recommending the program to employees. “We are deeply committed to co-creating this program with employers a program that will graduates individuals who are highly competent and possess relevant, adaptable skills,” Machiraju says. “The co-creation does not stop at the roundtable, but instead will be integral throughout the life of the program.”