it could be worse
I am envious of data science residing in an Institute for Advanced Analytics as at NC State and obviously having the backing of the administration. I gather the Dept. of Statistics at NC State is on board with this. Frankly, I am even a bit envious of having data science located solely in a Business School silo. An even more painful alternative is to have mini-silos in departments across campus, each with their local "expert" on data science who may be a "star" in their field doing cutting edge stuff (e.g., sociology, psychology, political science, industrial engineering, finance, transportation engineering, education leadership, etc.). What passes muster in these areas as quality data science work often times is cringe-worthy. We lost the battle of a centralized, powerful statistics unit many moons ago (stat methods being taught locally in units such as those mentioned above) and I would hate to see the same thing happen to data science/predictive analytics as colleagues in other units jump on the big data bandwagon. We are obtaining and continuing to obtain external funding to support our efforts which is perhaps the strongest approach to getting administration backing.