There is an urgent need to expand access, diversify participation, and support data science teaching across higher education institutions in the state of California. This sector will be fundamental to the health of the state’s economy, and a well-trained workforce will be a basis for jobs in Data Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and across the innovation ecosystem. The California Alliance for Data Science Education seeks to solve challenges in California Community Colleges (CCCs), California State Universities, and the University of California system in areas such as building a shared infrastructure, smoothing community college transfer pipelines, and empowering leaders at partner campuses.

"Increasing access to data science as a career option for all students is key to making data science a more diverse and inclusive field. We welcome partnership with members of the California Alliance for Data Science Education in sharing resources and curriculum and supporting data science teaching across the state."

Jennifer Chayes, Associate Provost, Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society, and Dean, School of Information, UC Berkeley

California Data Science Education Overview

California Community College System

Community College DS Undergraduate Programs Overview

CC Data Science Undergraduate Program Presentation

California State University System

CSU Data Science Undergraduate Programs Overview

CSU Data Science Undergraduate Program Presentation 

University of California System

UC Data Science Undergraduate Program Overview

UC Data Science Undergraduate Program Presentation

Success Stories

Inland Empire Data Science Pathways

Central Coast Data Science Partnership

California Data Experience Transformation (CADET)


Current Projects

Aiding the Articulation process for CCCs

  • Organized a Community of Practice Workshop (Nov 5, 2021)

  • Creating resources for Intro to Data Science adoption:
  • Fundamentals of Data Science requirements
  • Mathematics background requirements 
  • Connecting them with different legislative bodies in articulation (for more information, please read this article)

Overview of DS Efforts across institutions

  • Creating the first California-wide public survey of  UC, CSUs and CCCs  DS Programs

  • Gaining support from CSUCO and CCCO, AMATYC 

Conferences We Are Part of:


  • CMC^3 North 

  • SIGCSE Technical Symposium 

UC Office of the President Partnership

  • A-G and Transfer Policy Analysis & Coordination

  • 3 Memos

Cloud pilot partnership with and Cloudbank

  • Facilitating Jupyterhubs for Community Colleges

CADSE Timeline

  • June 2020: Idea Pitched

  • November 2020: First Board Meeting

  • February 2021: CADSE Conference

  • April 2021: Long Term Strategy with UCOP

  • June 2021: CA Alliance Panel

  • July 2021: Microsoft DS Instructor Internship Program

  • September 2021: CCSF Articulated With Data 8

  • The Undergraduate Data Science Education Landscape in the UCs

Recordings of panel talks

June 2021 CADSE Panel

Panel 2 California Alliance

February 2021 CADSE Meeting

California Alliance for Data Science Education - February 26, 2021

February 2021 Meeting Site