View Bill 19-20-34

Senate Bill 19-20-34

Bill ID: 19-20-34
Name: PCC Proposal to Establish a Master of Science in Applied Political Analytics
Proposed: 11/29/2019
Sponsor: PCC Committee
Proposal: The Department of Government and Politics (GVPT) and the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) are proposing the development of a joint Master of Science Degree in Applied Political Analytics. This program will prepare students for careers at the intersection of political science and data science. Empirical analysis in political science is entering a new era of Big Data where a broad range of data sources have become available to researchers. Examples include network data from political campaigns, data from social media generated by individuals, campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures made by firms and individuals, and international trade flows data. The proposed program will consider how to take advantage of these new data sources to improve understanding of politics.


Status: Pending Approval
BOR Approval: Awaiting approval
MHEC Approval: Awaiting approval
Presidential Approval: 02/07/2020
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Reviewed By: Senate
Received: 01/29/2020
Decision Date: 02/05/2020
Decision: The Senate voted to approve the proposal.
Next Step: Presidential Approval
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 01/21/2020
Decision Date: 01/27/2020
Decision: The SEC voted to place the proposal on the agenda of the February 5, 2020 Senate meeting for consideration.
Next Step: Senate Review
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Reviewed By: Programs, Curricula, & Courses (PCC) Committee
Received: 11/29/2019
Decision Date: 12/06/2019
Decision: The PCC Committee voted to approve the proposal.
Actions: The PCC Committee considered this proposal at its meeting on December 6, 2019. It met with Margaret Pearson, Chris Antoun, Sharan Sharma, and Wayne McIntosh from the College to consider the proposal. After discussion, the committee voted to recommend the program.
Next Step: SEC Review