What Are the Data Sources Used on BusinessDegreePrograms.org?
We source salary data from the largest, most extensive sources on the Internet including:
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) – IPDES is the primary source for information on U.S. colleges, universities, and technical and vocational institutions. IPEDS collects data on postsecondary education in the United States in the following areas: institutional characteristics, institutional prices, admissions, enrollment, student financial aid, degrees and certificates conferred, student persistence and success (retention rates, graduation rates, and outcome measures), institutional human resources, fiscal resources, and academic libraries.
U.S. Department of Education (ED) – ED’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. ED’s 4,400 employees and $68 billion budget are dedicated to:
- Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds.
- Collecting data on America’s schools and disseminating research.
- Focusing national attention on key educational issues.
- Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) – The BLS is a part of the United States Department of Labor that specializes in research and data collection pertaining to labor economics and statistics. As a key agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, the BLS provides accurate and up-to-date information that is crucial for informed decision-making at all levels of government. SalaryHub.org uses the latest data to inform individuals and companies about current wage and salary levels between professions and also between cities, rural areas, states and the nation.
U.S. Department of Labor – The DOL is an executive department of the federal government that is responsible for administering laws related to occupational safety, wage and hour standards, unemployment benefits, reemployment services, and economic statistics. It is headed by the Secretary of Labor, who reports directly to the President of the United States. SalaryHub.org uses the data primarily to inform individuals and companies on projects demand for employment between professions and and between cities, rural areas, states and the nation.
Bureau of Economic Analysis – The BEA is a U.S. government agency that provides official macroeconomic and industry statistics. They are most well-known for their reports about the gross domestic product (GDP) of the United States and its various units—states, cities/towns/townships/villages/counties, and metropolitan areas. The BEA also provides information about personal income, corporate profits, and government spending in their National Income and Product Accounts (NIPAs). SalaryHub.org uses the data to inform individuals and corporations on cost-of-living comparisons between professions and between cities, rural areas, states and the nation.
Official State-by-State Salary Projections – The projections of industry and occupational employment are used to help individuals make informed career decisions. The state projections are developed by government agencies within each state. State employment projections are available to the public at the sites listed. SalaryHub.org uses the data primarily to inform individuals and companies on projects demand for employment between professions and and between cities, rural areas, states and the nation.
O*Net Online – ONET is a free online database that contains hundreds of job definitions, sponsor by USDOL/ETA, to help students, job seekers, businesses and workforce development professionals to understand today’s world of work in the United States. SalaryHub.org uses the latest data to inform individuals and companies about current wage and salary levels between professions and also between cities, rural areas, states and the nation.
Colleges and Universities – We visit each university or college listed on this site to gather information about their degree offerings. We combine it with the data from the above sources to present the most thorough career, degree, salary and employment sources on the Internet.
Accrediting Agencies – The goal of accreditation is to ensure that institutions of higher education meet acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation in the United States involves non-governmental entities (accrediting organizations) as well as federal and state government agencies (these three entities are formally known as the Triad). Accreditation’s quality assurance function is one of the three main elements of oversight governing the Higher Education Act’s (HEA’s) federal student aid programs. In order for students to receive federal student aid from the U.S. Department of Education (Department) for postsecondary study, the institution must be accredited by a “nationally recognized” accrediting agency.
Regional Accrediting Agencies
- Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
- New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
- WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)