William Woods University Business Alumni Survey Yields Gender Pay Gap

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Students Analyze Business Alumni Surveys

A recent William Woods University business alumni survey, conducted by current business students, found a significant difference in salary satisfaction between a very small sample of female and male graduates. While 100% of the males indicated that their income is what they expected after graduation, only 45.5% of the females said the same.

The Fall Marketing Research class facilitated 3 focus groups and distributed surveys to a group of MBA, Accounting, and Business Administration alumni. The aim of the study was to assess the satisfaction level of the Business Alumni’s experience since graduating. Despite the apparent gender pay gap, the results indicated alumni’s overall satisfaction with business programs.

The gender pay gap issue continues to gain momentum across social and political platforms, particularly after last month’s 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood. Actress Patricia Arquette, the winner for Best Supporting Actress used her acceptance speech to publicize the issue.

“To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's rights...It's our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America,” said Arquette.

According to a White House report and Pew Research, full-time working women earn between 78 and 84 percent of what their male counterparts earn. And according to the Bureau of labor Statistics, the wage gap is even larger in some industries, like professional and business services, where women earn only 76.6 percent of what men earn.

The results of the William Woods business alumni research were presented in the William Woods University Business Divisions’ Real Word Application Study Report.

About William Woods Business Programs

William Woods University offers Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with concentrations in accounting, advertising and marketing, economics and finance, management and management of information systems. On the graduate level, the university is known for its Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Leadership that can be completed in two years or less. The MBA program is taught in evening classes on the main campus in Fulton, MO, and surrounding communities in Columbia, Jefferson City, and Blue Springs. William Woods University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association.

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