David Harwell

New Study Finds Graduation Gap Among STEM Majors

Discussion created by David Harwell on Mar 26, 2010

According to recent research from the University of Los Angeles’ (UCLA) Higher Education Research Institute, an ever-increasing number of students starting college have plans to major in science and technology fields, but are lagging in completion rates, especially among underrepresented minorities. By analyzing survey responses of 201,588 first-time, full-time college freshmen, researchers have found that students hoping to major in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are growing as a proportion of the overall student population; indeed, just under 31 percent of student reported plans to major in a STEM field, compared to less than one-quarter in the mid 1980s.

 

 

 

 

 

For the complete

 

Degrees of Success report:

http://heri.ucla.edu/nih/HERI_ResearchBrief_OL_2010_STEM.pdf

 

On the Web:

 

 

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/02/17/stem

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