TECHNICAL NOTES TO TABLES IN CHAPTER 2
THE DATA on business degrees in Table 1 are from a work sheet prepared for this study by the Research and Statistical Services Branch of the U.S. Office of Education. We are indebted to Mrs. Mabel C. Rice, Supervisor of the Statistical Services Section, for her cooperation in making these data available to us. These data refer to the aggregate United States (continental United States plus outlying parts) for all years except 1939- 1940, 1941-1942, and 1943-1944, when they refer to the Continental United States. Data on degrees were not collected by field in 1945-1946.
The figures for "all fields" in Table 1 are from Biennial Survey of Education and Earned Degrees Conferred by Higher Educational Institutions (annual), both published by the United States Office of Education. These data refer to the Continental United States only. The limitations of the basic series have made it impossible to eliminate discrepancies between the series on degrees in business and in all fields which arise from differences in the geographical area covered. We believe, however, that these discrepancies are of minor importance.
Prior to 1931-1932 the estimates of business degree do not include any degrees conferred by teacher training institutions. From 1931-1932 through 1954-1955 degrees in business conferred by teacher training institutions are included in the estimates. The business degrees conferred by teacher training institutions from 1931-1932 through 1954-1955 must include (in addition to "legitimate" degrees in business administration and commerce) some degrees in the field of business education. Only in 1955-1956 and 1956-1957 does the reporting form specifically identify degrees in business education (as opposed to business administration) and indicate that they are to be counted as degrees in education, not business. For the period 1931-1932 through 1954-1955 the decision on how to classify business degrees in teacher training institutions was left to the responding institutions; therefore some business education degrees must be included in the totals. This fact may account for some part of the decline in the percentage of business to all degrees from 1954-1955 to 1955- 1956 shown in Table 1.