Monday, February 29, 2016

Directory of HBCU Computer Science Programs ... Bachelors & Masters, Version 2.0

Last update: Friday 5/15/15 


The directory of Computer Science programs offered by HBCUs appears at the end of this report in Table D in the APPENDIX. An overview of the directory is provided by the comments on the following three summary tables and charts ... Note: this report will be updated in Fall 2016




A. HBCUs Conferring Computer Science (CS) Degrees
  • As per Table A (below), 59 of the 86 accredited 4-year HBCUs conferred Bachelors and/or Masters degrees in Computer Science in 2012/13 -- 34 public 4-year institutions and 25 private 4-year institutions.
     
  • All HBCUs that conferred Masters degrees also conferred Bachelors degrees, except Texas Southern University (TSU); TSU only conferred Masters degrees.
     
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accreditation was obtained by 16 of the 34 public HBCUs (47%), but by only 3 of the 25 private HBCUs (12%). ABET accreditation is an important indication that CS departments offer programs that meet nationally recognized standards, but it is not mandatory. For example, the CS departments at Harvard, Stanford, and Carnegie-Mellon are not accredited by ABET.
Table A.  HBCUs Conferring Computer Science Degrees in 2012/13
Type of HBCU
Total
Bachelors
Masters
ABET
% ABET
Public 4-year
34
33
13
16
47%
Private 4-year
25
25
2
3
12%
Combined
59
58
15
19
32%

   Figure A. ABET Accreditation


B. Computer Science Degrees Conferred on Black Students
  • As per the first row of Table B (below), 311 of the 386 Bachelors degrees (81%) conferred by public HBCUs went to Black students; but only 60 or the 129 Masters degrees (47%) went to Black students.
     
  • The second row of Table B shows that 144 of the 159 Bachelors degrees conferred by private HBCUs (91%) went to Black students; but only 7 of the 10 Masters degrees (70%) went to Black students.
Table B. Black Graduates of HBCU Computer Science Programs in 2012/13
Type of HBCU
Bachelors
Black Bachelors
% Black Bachelors
Masters
Black Masters
% Black Masters
Public 4-year
386
311
81%
129
60
47%
Private 4-year
159
144
91%
10
7
70%
Totals
545
455
83%
139
67
48%

C. Gender Diversity 
  • As per the first row of Table C (below), public HBCUs conferred Bachelors degrees on 90 Black women, i.e., 29% of the 311 degrees conferred on Black students (Table B); and they conferred 27 Masters degrees on Black women, i.e, 45% of the 60 Masters awarded to Black men and women (Table B)
     
  • The second row of Table C shows that private HBCUs conferred 46 Bachelors degrees on Black women, i.e., 30% of the 159 degrees awarded to Black students; and they conferred 2 Masters degrees on Black women, i.e., 29% of the 7 Masters awarded to Black men and women.
     
  • While all of these percentages are substantially higher than the national percentages for mainstream colleges and universities, they must be considered within the demographic context of HBCUs. Black women represent at least 60 percent of the enrollments at the vast majority of HBCUs. In other words, HBCU CS Departments show more gender diversity than mainstream colleges and universities, and far more gender diversity than Silicon Valley; but they aren't as diverse as they should be. 
Table C. Black Women Graduates of HBCU CS Programs
Type of HBCU
Black Women Bachelors
% Black Women Bachelors
Black Women Masters
% Black Women Masters
Public 4-year
90
29%
27
45%
Private 4-year
46
32%
2
29%
Totals
136
30%
29
43%

APPENDIX
The following table is  a directory of the Bachelors and Masters degrees offered by HBCUs in "Computer Science" in the 2012/2013 academic year, the most recent year for which data about the number of graduates is available from the IPEDS Data Center (at this time). The Websites of all of the HBCUs in this directory explicitly describe their programs as "Computer Science" 

To obtain data about the HBCUs that ddidn't show up as CS programs in the IPEDS data, I looked up each of the missing HBCUs manually on the College Navigator page that displays the IPEDS data for one HBCU at a time. I assumed that the missing CS programs had been misplaced into other subcategories of the broad "Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services" category. 

In most cases, the "other" subcategory was called "Computer and Information Sciences", which was usually the name of the HBCU department that offered the "Computer Science" degrees. In the few case where Navigator listed two or more subcategories for an HBCU, one was "Computer and Information Sciences" or had a name that enabled easy comparison to the programs listed on the HBCU Websites. Therefore in all cases, I was able to identify the Navigator subcategory that was really "Computer Science".

What's in each column:
  • Col 1 = Names of accredited HBCUs ... Each name is hyperlinked to the Home Page of the HBCU's Computer Science Department. Note: "Accreditation" here means accreditation for the entire HBCU by a regional accrediting body. IPEDS does not collect data for non-accredited institutions.
  • Col 2 = States in which the HBCUs are located
  • Col 3 = Total number of students who received Bachelors degrees in 2012/13 in Computer Science
  • Cols 4, 5, 6 = Total number of Black students who received Bachelors  degrees in the 2012/2013 academic year, total Black females, and the percentage of Black graduates who were female.
  • Col 7 = Total number of students who received Masters degrees in 2012/13 in Computer Science
  • Cols 8, 9, 10 = Total number of black students who received Masters degrees (MA or MS) in the 2012/2013 academic year, total Black females, and the percentage of black graduates who were Black females
  • Col 11 = "Yes" if the programs were accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The "Yes" also provides a hyperlink to the page on the ABET Website that describes the HBCU's accreditation.
Note -- According to IPEDS, HBCUs did not award any doctoral degrees in Computer Science in 2012/13 nor did the author of this report find any HBCU Websites that claimed to offer doctoral degrees in Computer Science.

TABLE D. Directory of HBCU Computer Science Bachelors and Masters Degree Programs
Historically Black   Colleges and Universities 
Public 4-Year
ST
Bachelors
Black Bachelors 
Black Women Bachelors
Black Women % of Black Bachelors
Masters
Black Masters
Black Women Masters
Black Women % of Black Masters
ABET 
AL
21
19
10
53%
11
7
2
29%
AL
9
9
4
44%





MS
2
2
1
50%
1
0



WV
9
0







MD
10
9
2
22%
7
4
3
75%
OH
1
1
0
0%





PA
1
1
0
0%





MD
6
5
2
40%





DE
8
5
1
20%





NC
10
6
3
50%





NC
21
9
3
33%




FL
27
24
6
25%
8
7
3
43%
GA
9
9
3
33%





Grambling State University
LA
6
1
0
0%




MS
11
10
3
30%
12
8
5
63%
KY
10
5
1
20%
11
1
0
0%

OK
4
4
1
25%





PA
12
10
2
20%





MS
9
7
2
29%




MD
5
5
1
20%





VA
29
26
9
35%
18
9
5
56%
NC
43
38
13
34%
11
8
4
50%
NC
4
2
0
0%
1
0



TX
11
6
2
33%
6
2
0
0%
SC
17
17
1
6%




LA
27
27
8
30%
19
6
3
50%
TN
14
9
3
33%




TX




5
1
1
100%

AR
11
11
4
36%





MD
8
6
1
17%
7
1
1
100%

DC
3
3
0
0%
5
1
0
0%
VI
6
5
1
20%





VA
11
11
2
18%
7
5
0
0%
NC
11
9
1
11%




TOTALS
34
386
311
90
29%
129
60
27
45%
16
Historically Black   Colleges and Universities  
Private 4-Year
ST
Bachelors
Black Bachelors 
Black Women Bachelors
Black Women % of Black Bachelors
Masters
Black Masters
Black Women Masters
Black Women % of Black Masters
ABET 
SC
7
7
2
29%





SC
3
2
0
0%





GA
2
2
0
0%
6
3
1
33%

LA
1
1
0
0%





TN
1
0







FL
8
5
0
0%




VA
10
10
4
40%




DC
10
6
1
17%
4
4
1
25%
TX
4
2
0
0%





NC
26
26
12
46%





TN
14
14
5
36%





GA
12
11
0
0%





AL
2
2
0
0%





AR
6
6
0
0%





MS
12
12
5
42%





NC
1
0







NC
10
9
3
33%





GA
6
5
5
100%





AL
2
2
1
50%





TX
2
2
1
50%





MS
3
3
0
0%





AL
6
6
4
67%





SC
1
1
0
0%





OH
6
6
1
17%





LA
4
4
2
50%





TOTALS
25
159
144
46
32%
10
7
2
29%
3