types was higher than that reported last year ( 20.3% vs. 19.0%).
When considering specific institution types, however, some
differences are evident. The percentage increases were higher
this year than last at public ( 25.5% vs. 25.2%), private ( 14.5%
vs. 12.9%), and master’s granting ( 28.7% vs. 20.3%) institutions, while the percentage increase was lower at non-master’s granting ( 13.4% vs. 18.2%). Over all disciplines, the one-year percent increase in actual degree production rose from
14.7% reported last year to 20.3% over all institution types, a
much larger increase than seen at Taulbee institutions ( 18.0%
vs. 16.7%). Compared with last year’s report, larger increases were evident at public ( 29.4% vs. 21.7%), private ( 11.5% vs.
6.5%) and master’s granting ( 29.4% vs. 14.9%) institutions,
while non-master’s granting institution reported a lower percentage increase ( 12.6% vs. 14.6%).
Table B4A depicts degree production and anticipated change
broken down by discipline for the 141 units that provided projected degree data. Increases in degree production are anticipated overall and within each discipline except information
systems, but for all disciplines except computer engineering
the anticipated increase is lower than reported for 2016-2017.
Overall degree production is anticipated to be 8.5% compared
to 16.0% reported last year. Among those disciplines reporting
lower expected changes, IT saw the largest anticipated difference ( 8.7% vs. 29.3%), followed by IS (- 10.6% vs. 1.4%), CS ( 9.5%
vs. 16.0%) and SE ( 28.3% vs. 34.3%). The anticipated increase in
degree production for CE is 25.7% compared to 10.3% reported last year. For those units that provided actual degree data
over two consecutive years as well as projected degree data for
2017-2018, both 2016-2017 actual change in degree production
and 2017-2018 projected degree production are reported in
table B4B. Actual degree production between 2015-2016 and
2016-2017 increased for NDC overall ( 20.0%) and for each individual discipline. When compared to the one-year change
between 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, the largest productivity
change occurred in SE ( 33.1% vs. - 52.9%), followed by IS ( 39.9%
vs. - 17.5%), CE ( 27.8% vs. - 1.5%), IT ( 13.9% vs. 6.2%) and CS
( 20.2% vs. 19.7%). Degree production is anticipated to continue
to show increases in 2017-2018 overall ( 12.8%). The 20.0% overall productivity change reported this year exceeds the overall
9.5% change reported last year.
Total Bachelor’s degree production for all programs that reported their 2016-2017 degrees, as well as a breakdown by gender, discipline, and institution type, is shown in Table B5. Table
B6 breaks down this degree data by ethnicity. This year’s 228
responding programs reported 5,045 total degrees over all disciplines, for an average of 22. 1 per program. In CS, there were 3,583
total degrees among 151 programs, for an average of 23. 7 per program. Across the six year history of the NDC Study, the trend in
average number of degrees awarded per program for both CS and
all disciplines combined is demonstrated in Figure B1.
The percentage of bachelor’s degrees earned by women at NDC
schools in the five NDC computing disciplines was 20.0%, which
is slightly lower than reported last year ( 20.5%), but higher than
reported by Taulbee institutions this year ( 19.2%). Information
systems reports the highest percentage of female degree recipients
( 27.7%) and software engineering the lowest ( 13.2%). In CS, 19.0%
of degrees overall were awarded to females compared to 22.1% last
year. Private institutions awarded more CS degrees to women than
public institutions ( 28.5% vs. 13.0%) and non-master’s granting institutions awarded more than master’s granting ( 25.0% vs. 13.5%),
a trend that has been consistent in the history of NDC. Figure B2
illustrates the six-year history of gender data reported by NDC.
As seen in table B6, NDC institutions continue to report
higher percentages of degree production than do Taulbee institutions for Black/African-American ( 7.6% vs. 3.7%) and
White ( 61.4% vs. 48.1%) students and lower percentages for
Asian ( 11.0% vs. 24.3%), two or more races ( 2.6% vs. 3.1%), and
non-resident ( 7.5% vs. 12.0%) students. The combined percentage of under-represented minority students (Hispanic, American Indian/Alaskan, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Black/
African American, and two or more races) at NDC institutions
is 20.1%, higher than reported last year ( 18.1%) and higher than
reported at Taulbee schools ( 15.6%). Figure B2 also includes the
history of ethnicity data reported by NDC over six years.
The mean enrollment of majors per academic unit (Table B7)
increased by 17.0% between 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 among
all NDC respondents this year. Last year’s respondents reported
only a 4.8% overall increase. All institution types reported more
favorable one-year enrollment changes than was the case in last
year’s report, with private ( 17.3% vs. 6.4%) and master’s granting ( 12.8% vs. 0.0%) seeing the largest jump. As was the case last