Report highlights need for colleges to invest in data science, technology

Data science represents a huge area of growth for bachelor's and master's degree programs

Colleges can stay competitive by reinforcing their commitment to data science and technology, according to a new report from Learning House

The report predicts several areas of digital growth in higher education, including:

  • Badges;
  • Digital transcripts; and
  • Online degree programs.

Bachelor's degree programs with high growth potential for colleges include:

  • Computer science;
  • Data science;
  • Digital marketing;
  • Health information management;
  • Market research; and
  • Project management.

Master's degree programs with high growth potential for colleges include:

  • Accounting;
  • Data science;
  • MBA in IT management;
  • Project management; and
  • Speech pathology.

Seventy percent of chief academic leaders surveyed about future goals said online education would be a major part of their strategies. 

Related read: The two types of master's programs growing the fastest

Graduate education plays a significant role in online education. The student population is growing so rapidly that physical campuses are struggling to keep up. At Concordia University, St. Paul, graduate students are poised to make up nearly half of the overall student body. As part of its strategic plan, the university will further boost its graduate student population and break down barriers separating online and in-person degree programs (García Mathewson, Education Dive, 5/18). 


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