0 Replies Latest reply on Mar 26, 2010 6:07 PM by David Harwell

    New Study Indicates Race Matters in STEM Retention

    David Harwell

      Recent reports about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in the United States find that there will be a shortage of scientists unless the U.S. is able to recruit and retain Black and Latino students. Furthermore, many of the reports find that large shares of Black and Latino high school students do not receive proper preparation in math and science to succeed in the field. A new study, "The Effect of Instructor Race and Gender on Student Persistence in STEM Fields", found another important factor: the role of Black college instructors in encouraging Black science students to persist as science majors. The study found a statistically significant relationship between Black students in STEM majors having at least one Black science instructor as freshman and then pursuing their STEM plans; Black students with at least one Black science instructor as freshmen were statistically more likely to continue on as STEM majors than those who did not have Black instructors.

       

      For the full study, "The Effect of Instructor Race and Gender on Student Persistence in STEM Fields", visit:

       

       

      http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/cheri/workingPapers/upload/cheri_wp129.pdf

       

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      On the Web:

       

      http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/03/11/race