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CHARLOTTE — North Carolina’s first school of data science is scheduled to open this fall at UNC-Charlotte, expanding the current Data Science Initiative into a standalone institution.

The new School of Data Science will expand on the master’s program run under the existing initiative. Doug Hague, who served as the interim director of the Data Science Initiative, will become the executive director.

“As an urban research university, we are in a unique position to help bring the community forward by assisting with informed decision making and assessment,” Hague said in a news release.

The school is a collaboration across UNCC’s existing academic programs, including the College of Computing and Informatics, the Belk College of Business, the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Hague said the school plans to enroll around 100 undergraduates this fall and grow to anywhere from 350 to 500 students in the future.

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