er percentage of degrees to women in all disciplines except information systems while non-master’s institutions awarded a
higher percentage of degrees to women in all disciplines except
information technology. Figure B3 depicts the percentage of
bachelor’s degrees awarded to women over the history of NDC.
*Note: Reported percentages are based on degree data for the previous
Table B6 presents the percentages of bachelor’s degrees
awarded broken down by ethnicity. In comparison to Taulbee
institutions and consistent with prior NDC surveys, a higher
percentage of degrees is awarded to Black/African-Americans
( 7.3% vs. 3.8%), Hispanic/Latino ( 9.8% vs. 8.4%) and White
(59.7% vs. 45.7%) students. The percentage of degrees awarded to US residents who are considered underrepresented (i.e.,
non-White, non-Asian) is 20.3%. This percentage is slightly
higher than last year ( 20.1%) and higher than that reported by
Taulbee institutions ( 15.8%). The seven-year history of NDC
ethnicity data appears in Figure B3.
Changes in mean computer science enrollment per academic unit, broken out by institution type, is reported in Table B7.
Among all NDC respondents and over all institution types, the
percentage increase in enrollment is lower than that reported
last year ( 8.0% vs. 17.0%). Public and master’s granting institutions reported a higher percentage increase this year versus
last (respectively 12.3% vs. 5.4% and 39.7% vs. 12.8%). When
considering the more reliable information for those institutions
reporting in consecutive years, the percentage change in mean
computer science enrollment over all institution types rose in
2018-2019 ( 9.4% vs. 8.1%). Increases in the percentage change
were seen at all institution types with the largest increase at
non-master’s granting institutions ( 6.3% vs. 3.5%) and the small-est increase at master’s granting institutions ( 12.3% vs. 11.6%).
Table B8 shows one-year changes in mean enrollment per program, broken out by discipline. Only the more reliable results for
those units responding in both 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 are discussed in this section. Over all disciplines, the percentage change
per program of 7.7% is higher than that reported last year ( 6.8%).
Higher percentages of change were reported this year over last in
computer science ( 8.6% vs. 8.2%), computer engineering ( 10.9%
vs. 0.8%), information systems ( 4.0% vs. 2.5%) and software en-
Table B4A and for units responding the past two years in Table
B4B. Because comparisons of interest from these tables are at
the discipline level, normalizations in these tables are by pro-
gram. Like the comparison in actual degree change reported
above, the projected one-year percentage change per program
among those responding in consecutive years is higher across
all disciplines ( 17.1% vs. 12.8%) and in computer science ( 19.9%
vs. 12.0%). For both the “all respondents” and “responding in
consecutive years” groups, computer engineering, information
systems and software engineering all project growth in degree
production, while a decline in degree production is projected
in information technology for all respondents (- 7.4%) and for
those reporting both years (- 12.9%). Small numbers of pro-
grams in all disciplines except computer science should be not-
ed when considering the magnitude of reported results.
Table B5 reports a summary of total bachelor’s degrees
awarded in 2017-2018 broken down by discipline, institution
type, and gender. A total of 4,587 degrees were awarded by the
226 reporting programs, an average of 20. 3 degrees per program. In computer science, a total of 3,271 degrees were awarded by 147 programs, an average of 22. 3 degrees per program.
Both averages are lower than those reported last year ( 22. 1 over
all disciplines and 23. 7 in computer science). Figure B2 depicts
the average number of majors per program in computer science
and over all disciplines for the seven-year history of the NDC.
*Note: Reported averages are based on degree data for the previous
The percentage of bachelor’s degrees awarded to women
at NDC institutions in 2017-2018 was 22.7%, an increase over
the 20.0% reported last year. This year’s percentage was higher
than that reported by Taulbee institutions ( 21.2%). Computer
science programs reported the highest percentage of women
( 24.4%) followed by information systems ( 23.7%), information
technology ( 18.4%), software engineering ( 11.3%) and computer engineering ( 7.1%). Computer science had the one-year largest increase in percentage of degrees awarded to women ( 24.4%
vs. 19.0%) while computer engineering had the largest one-year
decrease ( 7.1% vs. 20.8%). Private institutions awarded a high-