New emphasis on data science valuable to students in all fields

Universities are occasionally accused — especially by those who see technology as predestined to disrupt all traditional modes of doing business — of being too resistant to change. Our learning environments, some say, look the same as they did 500 years ago, with approaches to pedagogy mired in threadbare tradition and hidebound custom. The university is committed only to the preservation of its own authority and practices, say the critics, noting that professors still actually don medieval robes (O.K., admittedly, this last part is true … but only for special occasions!). The reality is that change and innovation are unceasing at pre-eminent universities such as UC Berkeley. We are constantly reinventing our teaching methods to meet new student needs and redesigning our physical spaces to accommodate new technology. And, within…


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