Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

Degree-Based IT Certification Programs: Implications for IT Students and Curricula Designers in Higher Education

This paper presents an empirical study of perceptions of IT companies in a developing country towards different forms of integration of IT certification in undergraduate IT study programs. In particular, we examined the views of IT companies in Nigeria regarding the feasibility of implementing three IT certification related undergraduate programs: degree-based IT certification program (DBC), degree-based internship program (DBI), and degree-based IT certification with internship program (DBCI). The data were collected and analyzed to determine if there exist differences in perceived program benefits and perceived student employability among DBC, DBI, and DBCI. The univariate analysis of variance (ANOVA), Tukeys honestly significant difference (HSD) method, and regression analysis were used to test the hypothesis. We report several primary findings. DBC and DBCI are perceived to offer higher benefits than DBI. The longer accompany stays in business the more likely it will hire graduates from DBC or DBCI. Our findings collaborate with previous research in the USA and Nigeria on the perceived students differences among DBC, DBI, and DBCI. We believe that the results from this study provide useful information to curricula designers in the higher educational institutions who are considering moving their programs from the traditional approach to a mainstream job market demand approach.