ERIC Number: ED453741
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May-21
Reference Count: N/A
Does Illinois Retain Its IT Majors upon Baccalaureate Completion? An Analysis of Multiple Survey Results. Final Report.
Peddle, Michael T.; Trott, Charles E.
Whether information technology (IT) graduates of Illinois colleges exit the state in greater percentages than do other graduates was studied using data from alumni surveys conducted by the public 4-year colleges and universities in Illinois. Data were added from a survey of 575 IT seniors in the 2000-2001 class. Survey data do suggest that IT graduates leave Illinois at a higher rate (in the range of 10 percentage points) than other baccalaureate degree graduates. Employment rates among IT graduates were found to be exceptionally high (over 97%), and the vast majority are employed in IT-related positions (90 to 94%). And despite the higher departure rate (about 40%), most IT alums are employed in Illinois up to 5 years after graduation. Among the IT seniors, 89% indicated the intention of getting a job in Illinois after graduation. The discrepancy between the intention to stay and the numbers who leave may be explained by the high demand for IT personnel throughout the U.S. economy. Another possible answer is that Illinois may lag behind other areas in salaries offered. The implications for instruction and the retention of Illinois IT graduates are discussed. (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Board of Higher Education, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Northern Illinois Univ., De Kalb. Center for Governmental Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois