American Community Survey- Public Use Microdata Sample files (PUMS) : , are a sample of the actual responses to the American Community Survey and include most population and housing characteristics. (

Award Levels (ACS-PUMS)
Associate’s degree
Bachelor’s degree
Graduate degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate Degree
Award Levels (EMSAS-DEGREEC)

  • Formal Award
  • Certificate/Award/Diploma less than one semester
  • Certificate/Award/Diploma less than one year
  • Certificate/Award/Diploma of at least 1 but less than 2 years
  • Two-year certificate
  • Certificate/Award/Diploma of more than 2 but less tan 4 years

Associate’s Degree

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Associate of Applied Science
  • Associate Degree

Bachelor’s Degree
Graduate Degree

  • Postbaccalaureate Certificate
  • Master’s Degree
  • Educational Specialist
  • Post-Masters Certificate
  • Doctoral Degree
  • First Professional Degree

Award Levels (IPEDS)

  • Postsecondary award, certificate, or diploma of less than one academic year
  • Postsecondary award, certificate, or diploma of at least one but less than two academic years
  • Postsecondary award, certificate, or diploma of at least two but less than four academic years

Associate’s degree
Bachelor’s degree
Graduate degree

  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master’s degree
  • Post-master’s certificate
  • Doctor’s degree
  • First-professional degree
  • First-professional certificate (Post-degree)

CIP Code: For a comprehensive breakdown of CIP codes and related fields and programs see Classification of Instructional Programs published by NCES.

Credit: Recognition of attendance or performance in an instructional activity (course or program) that can be applied by a recipient toward the requirements for a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award. (IPEDS, EMSAS)

Credit course: A course that, if successfully completed, can be applied toward the number of courses required for achieving a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award. (IPEDS, EMSAS)

Credit hour: A unit of measure representing the equivalent of an hour (50 minutes) of instruction per week over the entire term. It is applied toward the total number of credit hours needed for completing the requirements of a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award. (IPEDS, EMSAS)

Degree/certificate-seeking students: Students enrolled in courses for credit who are recognized by the institution as seeking a degree or other formal award. At the undergraduate level, this is intended to include students enrolled in vocational or occupational programs . (IPEDS, EMSAS)

Degree/Certificate: An award conferred by a college, university, or other postsecondary education institution as official recognition for the successful completion of a program of studies. Both first and second major included as separate degrees. Thus the count of degrees and certificates reflect a matriculation relative to a particular field of study. Hence a Bachelor’s degree conferred with a double major in Physics and Mathematics counts twice. (IPEDS, EMSAS)

Degree, Bachelor’s: An award (baccalaureate or equivalent degree, as determined by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education) that normally requires at least 4 but not more than 5 years of full-time equivalent college-level work. This includes all bachelor's degrees conferred in a 5-year cooperative (work-study) program. A cooperative plan provides for alternate class attendance and employment in business, industry, or government; thus, it allows students to combine actual work experience with their college studies. Also includes bachelor's degrees in which the normal 4 years of work are completed in 3 years.

Financial Aid: Grants, loans, assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, tuition waivers, tuition discounts, veteran's benefits, employer aid (tuition reimbursement) and other monies (other than from relatives/friends) provided to students to meet expenses. While financial aid typically refers to Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans made directly to students this indicator does not include such data. Categories of financial aid reflect those used on the DHE-14 survey as indicated below. (IPEDS)

Financial Aid Awarded from Federal Sources
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Federal Work Study
Pell Grants
Subsidized Stafford Student Loans
Unsubsidized Stafford Student Loans
PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Student Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Student Loans
Direct PLUS Student Loans
Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL)
Nursing Student Loan (NSL)
Academic Competitiveness Grants (ACG)
SMART Grants
TEACH Grants (Placeholder - to be disbursed effective FY 2009?)
Institutional Matching Funds.

Financial Aid Awarded from Institutional Sources
Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants
Need (Financial)
Merit (Do Not Include Athletic)
Tuition and Fee Remissions or Waivers
Need (Financial)
Need (Financial)

Financial Aid Awarded from State of Missouri Sources
Higher Education Academic Scholarships ("Bright Flight")
Access Missouri
Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarships
Employee's Child Survivor Grants
Marguerite Ross Barnett Scholarship
Missouri Teacher Education Scholarship
Robert Byrd Scholarships
Vocational Rehabilitation
Health Profession Nursing Student Loans
Institutional Matching Funds

All other financial aid awarded from non-instiutional sources.
Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Loans
Alternative Loan Programs

First-time student (undergraduate): A student who has no prior postsecondary experience (except as noted below) attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. Includes students enrolled in academic or occupational programs . Also includes students enrolled in the fall term who attended college for the first time in the prior summer term, and students who entered with advanced standing (college credits earned before graduation from high school). (IPEDS, EMSAS)

Full-time student: Undergraduate—A student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits , or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. Graduate—A student enrolled for 9 or more semester credits, or 9 or more quarter credits, or a student involved in thesis or dissertation preparation that is considered full time by the institution. First-professional—As defined by the institution. (IPEDS, EMSAS)

Part-time student: Undergraduate—A student enrolled for 11 or less semester credits , or 11 or less quarter credits, or less than 24 contact hours a week each term. Graduate—A student enrolled for 8 or fewer semester credits, or 8 or fewer quarter credits (IPEDS, EMSAS)

Gender: reflects Male and Female categories. (IPEDS, EMSAS, ACS, DOLIR, MOSIS)

Geographical Region: Region based on Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMA): 9 areas

1) Northwest (00100,00200),
2) Northeast (00300, 00400),
3) Kansas City Area (01001, 01002, 01003, 01004, 01100)
4) West Central-not KC (00700,00800,00901,00902);
5) Mid-Central (00500,00600);
6) East Central-not St.Louis (01500, 01601, 01602, 01701, 01702, 01703, 01704, 01705, 01706, 01707, 01708,1900),
7) St. Louis Area (01801, 01802, 01803);
8) Southwest (02300, 2400, 02500, 02600, 02700);
9) Southeast 02000, 02100, 02200 ) .
Further information available here (PUMS-ACS).

Graduate Student: A student who holds a bachelor's or first-professional degree, or equivalent, and is taking courses at the post-baccalaureate level. These students may or may not be enrolled in graduate programs .

Institutional Sector: One of six institutional categories resulting from dividing the universe according to control and level. Control categories are public and private not-for-profit (independent) and occasionally data is presented regarding for-profit (proprietary). Level categories are 4-year and higher (4 year), 2-but-less-than 4-year (2 year). Less-than-2-year institutions are not included in analysis unless otherwise specified. (IPEDS, EMSAS)

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS): conducted by the NCES, began in 1986 and involves annual institution-level data collections. All postsecondary institutions that have a Program Participation Agreement with the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), U.S. Department of Education (throughout IPEDS referred to as “Title IV”) are required to report data using a web-based data collection system. IPEDS currently consists of the following components: Institutional Characteristics (IC); 12-month Enrollment (E12);Completions (C); Human Resources (HR) composed of Employees by Assigned Position (EAP), Fall Staff (S),and Salaries (SA); Fall Enrollment (EF); Graduation Rates (GRS); Finance (F); and Student Financial Aid (SFA).

Key non-METS fields: CIP codes associated with the top 50 Missouri non-METS careers with the most openings between 2004 and 2014. Missouri Economic and Research Information Center (MERIC) projects top 50 in demand occupational categories Using the National Crosswalk Center’s crosswalk of Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) and Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) CIP codes for non-METS occupations listed in the top 50 most job openings are included as key non-METS fields if CIP code not previously included as METS field.

Non-METS Occupations included in Top 50 job openings 2004-2014.
Accountants and Auditors
Business Operations Specialists, All Other
Chief Executives
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
Cost Estimators
Customer Service Representatives
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
Fire Fighters
First-Line Supervisors/Mang of Const Trades and Extraction Workers
First-Line Supervisors/Mang of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives
General and Operations Managers
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
Painters, Construction and Maintenance
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
Public Relations Specialists
Real Estate Sales Agents
Sales Managers
Sales Rep, Wholesale and Manftg, Except Technical and Scientific Products
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manftng, Technical and Scientific Pro
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elem School
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
Training and Development Specialists
Vocational Education Teachers, Secondary School

Corresponding CIP codes
520301 Accounting
520305 Accounting and Business/Management (NEW)
301601 Accounting and Computer Science (NEW)
520304 Accounting and Finance (NEW)
220201 Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General (LL.M., M.C.L., M.L.I., M.S.L., J.S.D./S.J.D.) (NEW)
131301 Agricultural Teacher Education
220203 American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence (LL.M., M.C.J., J.S.D./S.J.D.) (NEW)
521904 Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations
131302 Art Teacher Education
520303 Auditing (NEW)
220205 Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law (LL.M., J.S.D./S.J.D.). (NEW)
460505 Blasting/Blaster (NEW)
460499 Building/Construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection, Other
460412 Building/Construction Site Management/Manager (NEW)
460403 Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector
460401 Building/Property Maintenance and Management
520201 Business Administration and Management, General
131303 Business Teacher Education
529999 Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
520101 Business/Commerce, General
220204 Canadian Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence (LL.M., M.C.J., J.S.D./S.J.D.). (NEW)
460201 Carpentry/Carpenter
090101 Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
220206 Comparative Law (LL.M., M.C.L., J.S.D./S.J.D.) (NEW)
460402 Concrete Finishing/Concrete Finisher (NEW)
469999 Construction Trades, Other
490202 Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation
190203 Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management (NEW)
430102 Corrections
430103 Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
430107 Criminal Justice/Police Science
430104 Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
430111 Criminalistics and Criminal Science (NEW)
520411 Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation (NEW)
390602 Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv.)
131324 Drama and Dance Teacher Education
131304 Driver and Safety Teacher Education
460404 Drywall Installation/Drywaller (NEW)
131013 Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism
131005 Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
131003 Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments, Including Deafness
131006 Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
131007 Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
131008 Education/Teaching of Individuals with Orthopedic and Other Physical Health Impairments
131011 Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
131012 Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments
131016 Education/Teaching of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries (NEW)
131009 Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments, Including Blindness
130499 Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
130401 Educational Leadership and Administration, General
130404 Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
460301 Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General
460399 Electrical and Power Transmission Installers, Other
460302 Electrician
130408 Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship (NEW)
131202 Elementary Education and Teaching
220207 Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law (LL.M., M.S., J.S.D./S.J.D.). (NEW)
131305 English/Language Arts Teacher Education
520701 Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
131308 Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
190202 Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Communication
521902 Fashion Merchandising
430299 Fire Protection, Other
430203 Fire Science/Firefighting
131306 Foreign Language Teacher Education
131325 French Language Teacher Education
521899 General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other
131332 Geography Teacher Education (NEW)
131326 German Language Teacher Education
460406 Glazier (NEW)
090905 Health Communication (NEW)
220208 Health Law (LL.M., M.J., J.S.D./S.J.D.) (NEW)
131307 Health Teacher Education
470201 Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician
131328 History Teacher Education
521001 Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
521701 Insurance
220210 International Business, Trade, and Tax Law (LL.M., J.S.D./S.J.D.). (NEW)
521101 International Business/Trade/Commerce
220209 International Law and Legal Studies (LL.M., J.S.D./S.J.D.) (NEW)
131203 Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
131333 Latin Teacher Education (NEW)
220101 Law (LL.B., J.D.)
229999 Legal Professions and Studies, Other (NEW)
220299 Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other (NEW)
460303 Lineworker
521499 Marketing, Other
521401 Marketing/Marketing Management, General
460101 Mason/Masonry
490206 Mobil Crane Operation/Operator (NEW)
131312 Music Teacher Education
520205 Operations Management and Supervision
521003 Organizational Behavior Studies
460408 Painting/Painter and Wall Coverer
390799 Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other (NEW)
390701 Pastoral Studies/Counseling
131314 Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
460502 Pipefitting/Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter (NEW)
460599 Plumbing and Related Water Supply Services, Other (NEW)
460503 Plumbing Technology/Plumber (NEW)
090904 Political Communication (NEW)
390604 Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies
220202 Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LL.M., M.C.L.) (NEW)
440401 Public Administration
449999 Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
440501 Public Policy Analysis
090902 Public Relations/Image Management (NEW)
390605 Rabbinical Studies (NEW)
131315 Reading Teacher Education
521501 Real Estate
520406 Receptionist
460410 Roofer (NEW)
131310 Sales and Marketing Operations/Marketing and Distribution Teacher Education
521801 Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
131205 Secondary Education and Teaching
130409 Secondary School Administration/Principalship (NEW)
521804 Selling Skills and Sales Operations
131317 Social Science Teacher Education
131318 Social Studies Teacher Education
131330 Spanish Language Teacher Education
131001 Special Education and Teaching, General
131099 Special Education and Teaching, Other
521909 Special Products Marketing Operations (NEW)
521999 Specialized Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other (NEW)
131331 Speech Teacher Education
220211 Tax Law/Taxation (LL.M, J.S.D./S.J.D.). (NEW)
521601 Taxation
131399 Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
131206 Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
390699 Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other
399999 Theology and Religious Vocations, Other
390601 Theology/Theological Studies
460504 Well Drilling/Driller (NEW)
390702 Youth Ministry (NEW)

METS Related Fields: CIP codes related to Math, Engineering, Technology and Science and METS-related teacher education is a broad designation without a universal definition of included fields of study. Missouri measures related to METS are based on larger “2 digit” Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP codes). These include:

01 (formerly 02) Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences
03 Natural Resources and Conservation
10 Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
11 Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
14 Engineering
15 Engineering Technologies
21 TechnologyEducation/Industrial Arts
26 Biological and Biomedical Sciences
27 Mathematics and Statistics
29 Military Technologies
40 Physical Sciences
41 Science Technologies/Technicians
42 Psychology
Also included are relevant teacher education subfields at the “6 digit” level including
13.1309 Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
13.1311 Mathematics Teacher Education
13.1316 Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
13.1319 Technical Teacher Education
13.1320 Trade and Industrial Teacher Education
13.1321 Computer Teacher Education
13.1322 Biology Teacher Education
13.1323 Chemistry Teacher Education
13.1329 Physics Teacher Education
13.1335 Psychology Teacher Education

Race/Ethnicity- categories include 1) White, Not-Hispanic 2) Black Alone, 3) Hispanic 4) Other (includes American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, indicated more than one race, and “some other race”). Further information available (ACS, IPEDS, EMSAS)

Surrounding States: include Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.

Title IV Institution: An institution that has a written agreement with the Secretary of Education that allows the institution to participate in any of the Title IV federal student financial assistance programs (other than the State Student Incentive Grant (SSIG) and the National Early Intervention Scholarship and Partnership (NEISP) programs). (IPEDS, EMSAS)

Undergraduate: A student enrolled in a 4- or 5-year bachelor's degree program, an associate's degree program, or a vocational or technical program below the baccalaureate. (IPEDS, EMSAS)

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