Postsecondary IT Degree Completions on the Rise in Nebraska

Dr. Levi Thiele, Director of Research

The number of information technology (IT) and computer science (CS) degrees and certificates awarded in Nebraska in the 2011-2012 academic year has increased dramatically after a downward trend over the last 10 years. A total of 1,788 degrees and certificates in the field of IT were awarded in the state of Nebraska in the 2011-2012 academic year, a 110.85% increase from the previous year. From the 2003-2004 academic year to the present, the majority of IT degrees have been awarded at the bachelor’s degree level. The increase in IT degree completions can be attributed to the rise in the number of newly declared IT majors in the last few years.

In the 2011-2012 academic year, the number of IT degrees and certificates were awarded to women in Nebraska was 350, the highest level in the past 10 years. The number of IT degrees and certificates awarded in Nebraska rose in every racial and ethnic category. The five most popular degree and certificates in IT were in the areas of computer and information sciences – general, computer science, information science, computer systems networking and telecommunications, and information technology. The most recent AIM research studies are available here.