University programs in financial actuarial mathematics have often hired lecturers who are working members of the field. Versed in the day-to-day realities of the industry, these certified actuaries have provided real-life advice to supplement the more theoretical side of actuarial study.
But some math programs, like those at UCLA, are replacing these lecturers with tenured professors whose strengths lie in data science rather than actuarial experience. According to one UCLA student, it’s a change that stands to affect students’ job readiness, networking opportunities and ability to get internships. Read his reaction in the full article at The Daily Bruin.