ACM Data Science Task Force

Computing Competencies for Undergraduate Data Science Curricula

Task Force Charter

To add to the broad, interdisciplinary conversation on data science an articulation of the role of computing discipline-specific contributions to this emerging field. The task force will seek to define what the computing contributions are to this new field and provide guidance for undergraduate data science programs of study.

To create a report, which may then be used to invite collaboration and coordination with other (non-computing) professional societies. With these groups, to construct a full set of curriculum recommendations for undergraduate programs in Data Science.

ACM Data Science Task Force Final Report 

The ACM Data Science Task Force is pleased to present our final report: Computing Competencies for Undergraduate Data Science Curricula.

Here are a few selected Example Courses, provided to help with course content creation.

Opening letter from the co-chairs of the ACM Education Board.

Task Force Members

Andrea Danyluk, Co-Chair Williams College, USA
Paul Leidig, Co-Chair Grand Valley State University, USA
Scott Buck Intel Corporation, USA
Lillian Cassel Villanova University, USA
Maureen Doyle Northern Kentucky University, USA
Tin Kam Ho IBM, USA
Andrew McGettrick University of Strathclyde, UK
Suzanne McIntosh New York UniversiUSA
Weining Qian East China Normal University, China
Karl Schmitt Valparaiso University, USA
Christian Servin El Paso Community College, USA
Andreas Stefik University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
Hongzhi Wang Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Jason Wittenbach CapitalOne, USA

Contact Information

Paul Leidig, Co-Chair

Second Draft 

The task force is pleased to announce the release of Draft 2 of Computing Competencies for Undergraduate Data Science Curricula, which is available here.

The task force welcomes comments on the report. Please submit feedback through the form here. The comment period is open through March 31, 2020.

Call For Example Courses. Selected courses from undergraduate programs in Data Science will be included in the final curriculum report. THIS CALL IS NOW CLOSED.

Initial Draft Report

The initial draft report is available here. The task force welcomed comments on the report. The comment period was open through March 31, 2019.


The Task Force will present draft reports at various venues in order to gather feedback. Presentations are available below.


Special Session at SIGCSE-20, Portland, OR, March, 2020 Slides
Poster presentation at SDSS 2020, Virtual, June 2020 Slides
Panel at ITiCSE 2020, Virtual, June 18, 2020 Slides
Panel on Collaboration across disciplines at JSM, Denver, CO, Jul 30, 2019 Slides
Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences, Washington, DC, May 3, 2019 Slides
Special Session at SIGCSE-19, Minneapolis, MN, Feb 28, 2019 Slides
EAAI at AAAI-19, Honolulu, HI, Jan 28-29, 2019 Slides Poster