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UMBC ranked #4 in IT degrees among US research universities

UMBC ranked #4 in IT degrees among US research universities

Tim Finin, 10:19am 18 August 2010

For the past twenty years, UMBC has had a large number of student majoring in information technology. Our Computer Science and Information Systems programs are among the largest on campus and newer ones like Computer Engineering and Bioinformatics are growing.

Last week I had a chance to look at the latest information from the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, which is available from NSF’s WebCASPAR site. Data from the IPEDS Completions Survey shows that UMBC is fourth among U.S. research universities in the production of IT degrees and certificates.

In this analysis, I averaged the numbers from the two most recent years available — 2007 and 2008. Here are the top ten in terms of total production in the Carnegie classification categories RU/VH and RU/H.

average yearly production in 2007 and 2008
TOTAL
INSTITUTION
BS/A
MS
PHD
OTHER
552
Penn State
480
20
14
39
520
University of Southern California
65
414
41
0
513
CMU
124
331
58
0
503
UMBC
327
112
14
50
493
Johns Hopkins University
44
426
14
10
461
New Jersey Institute Technology
165
279
11
7
377
Georgia Tech
176
172
30
0
331
Drexel
253
72
1
5
329
MIT
160
129
21
20
324
University of California-Irvine
226
58
40
0

In this group, UMBC also ranks #2, #21 and #31 for undergraduate, MS and PhD degree production, respectively. Here’s a graph of the top 50 — click through for a larger version.


Top 50 producers of IT degrees among US research universities

Looking at all schools shows the University of Phoenix generates the most IT grads, with an average of 3318 students over 2007 and 2008! Here are the top 15 schools of any type.

average yearly production in 2007 and 2008
TOTAL
INSTITUTION
3318
University of Phoenix
1162
Community College of the Air Force
1087
University of Maryland University College
931
Strayer College
911
ECPI College of Technology
711
De Paul University
552
Penn State
528
Rochester Institute of Technology
520
University of Southern California
514
DeVry Institute of Tech
513
CMU
503
UMBC
493
Johns Hopkins University
461
New Jersey Institute Technology
430
Baker College of Flint

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