This paper examines the graduation rates for all types of degrees earned by students majoring in information technologies at U.S. colleges and universities. The numbers used in this report are based on graduation numbers reported to the U.S. Department of Education. These numbers show a growth in the total number of graduates between 1995 and 2005 from 103,039 to 187,237 with a peak in 2003 of 240,862. There is a sharp decline between 2003 and 2005. This decline can be linked to major events: the burst of the IT bubble and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. And there is a lag between graduations (completions) and initial enrollments based on the length of time required to complete a program. For a bachelor’s degree the lag is between 4 to 6 years.
Weible, R. J. (2007, October). A longitudinal study on the number of graduates from U.S. colleges and university IT programs. Paper presented at the Southeastern Informs 2007 Annual Meeting, Myrtle Beach, NC.