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Number and breadth of CU-Boulder degree programs compared to AAU public universities, by degree level

February 2008

CU-Boulder offers degree programs in fewer disciplines than do its AAU public peers. The difference is somewhat larger for graduate-level degrees than for bachelor's degrees. The difference is larger for very specific disciplines (e.g., mechanical engineering, French) than for broad areas such as engineering and foreign languages.

Data source: fiscal-year degree completions reported to IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System of the US Dept of Education) by degree level and six-digit CIP code, for 34 public AAU schools. The data span three years; FY 2002-03, 2003-04, and 2004-05. The 2004-05 data were the most recent available at the time of this analysis. The data capture programs in which degrees were granted, not necessarily all approved degree programs (especially newly approved), but would be comparable over institutions in this regard.

  • A "degree program" is defined as a CIP-code (Classification of Instructional Programs code, a discipline code used for US Dept of Education reporting) by degree-level combination. CU-Boulder has instances in which different degree programs share a single CIP (e.g., telecommunications and electrical engineering). We can presume other schools might have similar CIP sharing among degree programs.
  • CU-Boulder has many instances in which one CIP/level combination includes several majors. For example, "business administration" includes finance, accounting, etc. Finance and accounting are not separate Regent-approved degree programs for CU-Boulder, however. The extent to which this is the case probably varies over institutions (see the graph for business in particular).
  • Consequently, the counts of programs reported will underestimate the actual number of approved degree programs, and could seriously underestimate the number of different majors in approved degree programs.
  • We have counted programs at three levels of aggregation, represented by 2-digit, 2-digit with 4-digit in the physical sciences, and 6-digit CIP codes and labeled here "broad discipline," "discipline category" or "mid-level disciplines" and "specific discipline." For additional information on CIP codes, see http://www.colorado.edu/pba/concepts/ciplisting.htm.
    • 2-digit CIPs -- The first two digits of the CIP indicate the broad discipline area, (e.g., physical sciences, education, business)
    • 2-digit CIPs with 4-digit CIPs used in the 40xxxx (i.e., physical sciences) range -- The second two digits of the CIP indicate a narrower discipline category within a discipline area. Using 4-digit CIPs in the 40xxxx range is convenient for separating physical sciences CIPs into discipline categories (e.g., chemistry, physics).
    • 6-digit CIPs -- The third two digits of the CIP indicate the specific discipline. For example, CIP 400801 is "Physics, General," whereas 400810 is "Theoretical and Mathematical Physics." Both are in CIP area 40, "Physical Sciences" and in CIP category 4008, "Physics." Counts based on 6-digit CIPs are also shown in the table for Engineering, Physical Sciences, Business, Psychology, and Humanities.
  • Example of counting: Assume a school awards and reports doctoral degrees in computer science (CIP 110701), in chemistry (400501) and chemical physics (400508), in geology (400601) and geophysics (400603), and in sociology (451101) and anthropology (450201), with no other doctoral programs. Counts for the doctoral level for this school would be
    • Three 2-digit CIP discipline areas: 11xxxx, 40xxxx, 45xxxx
    • Four 2-digit/4-digit CIPs, where 4-digit are counted only within physical sciences: 11xxxx, 4005xx, 4006xx, and 45xxxx
    • Seven 6-digit CIPs, for all 7 of the specific programs listed

Highlights (see also table and graphs below):

CU-Boulder offers degree programs in fewer disciplines than do its AAU public peers. The difference is somewhat larger for graduate-level degrees than for bachelor's degrees. The difference is larger for very specific disciplines (e.g., mechanical engineering, French) than for broad areas such as engineering and foreign languages.

Bachelor's degree program counts

  • 2-digit CIPs - CU-Boulder has 22 programs, the mean over public AAUs is 23. CU-Boulder  has programs in more 2-digit CIPs than only eight peers: California-Davis, California-Santa Barbara, SUNY-Buffalo, California-San Diego, Virginia, SUNY-Stony Brook, UCLA, and California-Irvine.
  • 2/4-digit CIPs - CU-Boulder 25, mean 26. CU-Boulder has programs in more 2/4-digit CIPs than only eight peers. Similar list to above, but Oregon is included and California-Davis is not.
  • 6-digit CIPs - CU-Boulder 70, mean 98. CU-Boulder has programs in more 6-digit CIPs than only four peers: California-Irvine, North Carolina, SUNY-Stony Brook, and Virginia.

Master's degree program counts

  • 2-digit CIPs - CU-Boulder has 19, the AAU public mean is 23. CU-Boulder has programs in more 2-digit CIPs than only three peers: California-San Diego, SUNY-Stony Brook, and California-Santa Barbara.
  • 2/4-digit CIPs - CU-Boulder 22, mean 26. CU-Boulder has programs in more 2/4-digit CIPs than only five peers: Purdue, SUNY-Stony Brook, California Irvine, California-San Diego, and California-Santa Barbara.
  • 6-digit CIPs - CU-Boulder 56, mean 95. CU-Boulder has programs in more 6-digit CIPs than only three peers: Purdue, California-San Diego, and California-Santa Barbara.

Doctoral degree program counts

  • 2-digit CIPs - CU-Boulder 18, mean 20. CU-Boulder has programs in more 2-digit CIPs than only eight peers: Texas A&M, California-Davis, Iowa State, Oregon, California-Santa Barbara, California-San Diego, and SUNY-Stony Brook.
  • 2/4-digit CIPs - CU-Boulder 21, mean 23. CU-Boulder has programs in more 2/4-digit CIPs than ten peers.
  • 6-digit CIPs - CU-Boulder 49, mean 74. CU-Boulder has programs in more 6-digit CIPs than only four peers: SUNY-Stony Brook, Oregon, California-Santa Barbara, and Nebraska.

First professional degree program counts

  • 2-digit CIPs - CU-Boulder 1, mean 2. Two AAU publics have none: Penn State, California-Santa Barbara.
  • 2/4-digit CIPs - CU-Boulder 1, mean 2. Penn State and California-Santa Barbara have none.
  • 6-digit CIPs - CU-Boulder 1, mean 3. Penn State and California-Santa Barbara
    have none.

     

Table - Degree Programs at CU-Boulder and AAU Public Peers
Counts of presence in broad, mid-level, and specific discipline areas

        N of specific/6-digit CIPs represented within
   

2-digit CIP(broad area)

2/4-digit CIP(mid-level) 6-digit CIP (specific) Engi-neering Physical Sciences Business Psy-chology Humanities
Bachelor's Minimum 17 19 50 0 3 0 1 9
Mean 23 26 98 10 5 5 1 30
Maximum 28 31 166 18 9 16 2 73
Colorado 22 25 70 9 4 1 1 29
Master's Minimum 17 19 44 2 3 0 1 6
Mean 23 26 95 11 5 4 2 21
Maximum 27 30 170 19 11 13 6 60
Colorado 19 22 56 6 4 1 2 18
Doctoral Minimum 15 18 36 0 3 0 1 3
Mean 20 23 74 9 5 2 3 14
Maximum 25 29 111 18 10 7 7 30
Colorado 18 21 49 5 7 1 2 12
1st professional(law, medical, etc.) Minimum 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
Mean 2 2 3 -- -- -- -- --
Maximum 2 2 6 -- -- -- -- --
  Colorado 1 1 1 -- -- -- -- --

Graphs - Counts of Degree-Program Presence at UCB and Other AAU Publics

  • An asterisk (*) preceding an institution name denotes an institution with a medical school.
  • Average degree program counts over all AAU publics (see the bar labeled "*** ALL ***") and over AAU publics without medical schools ("*** NONMED *** are displayed in the graphs, along with degree program counts for individual AAU publics. Bars for these averages are marked with stars.
  • The bar for CU-Boulder is marked with a diamond.

Counts of Degree-Program Presence at UCB and Other AAU Publics by 2-Digit CIP (Broad Area)



Counts of Degree-Program Presence at UCB and Other AAU Publics by 2-Digit CIPs, with 4-Digit CIPs in the 40s (i.e., physical sciences; mid-level)

  • Using 4-digit CIPs in the 40xxxx range separates physical sciences CIPs into discipline categories (e.g., chemistry, physics).


Counts of Degree-Program Presence at UCB and Other AAU Publics by 6-Digit CIPs (specific)



Counts of Degree-Program Presence at UCB and Other AAU Publics by 6-Digit CIPs (specific)

  • for Psychology
  • At CU-Boulder:  bachelor's, master's, and doctorate in psychology, plus master's and doctorate in educational psychology (School of Education)
  • Several schools report degrees in only one CIP within psychology; several look like CU-Boulder, with 2 areas for master's and doctorates, one for bachelor's; several report advanced or bachelor's degrees in 2-3 areas within psychology. Only one, Kansas, reports advanced degrees in significantly more areas.


Counts of Degree-Program Presence at UCB and Other AAU Publics by 6-Digit CIPs (specific)

  • for Physical Sciences


Counts of Degree-Program Presence at UCB and Other AAU Publics by 6-Digit CIPs (specific)

  • for Engineering


Counts of Degree-Program Presence at UCB and Other AAU Publics by 6-Digit CIPs (specific)

  • for Business
  • CU-Boulder reports in only one CIP code (52) for business at all three levels. A few schools, particularly University of California campuses, are similar. Most others, however, offer and report specific degrees (accounting, finance, etc.) at the bachelor's level at least.


Counts of Degree-Program Presence at UCB and Other AAU Publics by 6-Digit CIPs (specific)

  • for Humanities
  • Two-digit CIP areas used in definition of humanities:

  • 05  Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies
    16  Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    23  English Language and Literature/Letters
    24  Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies, and Humanities
    38  Philosophy and Religious Studies
    50  Visual and Performing Arts
    54  History

 

 

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