Steps to Success: An Analysis of Persistence and Attainment in STEM Majors

29 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2014

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Alan Green

Stetson University; Lander University

Danielle Sanderson

Cohen College Preparatory High School

Date Written: June 16, 2014

Abstract

This paper analyzes persistence and attainment in postsecondary STEM education using data from the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study. Ability is shown to have a consistent impact on STEM performance. Self-efficacy has large estimated impacts and there is evidence of strong bias against women. High school math preparation and attending small colleges increase the likelihood of non-interested students switching to STEM fields. Overall there is little evidence that collegiate educational experiences impact persistence or attainment. The results indicate that policies to improve high school math preparation and address the gender gap would be most effective.

JEL Classification: I28

Suggested Citation

Green, Alan and Sanderson, Danielle, Steps to Success: An Analysis of Persistence and Attainment in STEM Majors (June 16, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2451256 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2451256

Alan Green (Contact Author)

Stetson University ( email )

Gulfport, FL 33707
United States

Lander University ( email )

Greenwood, SC 29649
United States

Danielle Sanderson

Cohen College Preparatory High School ( email )

3520 Dryades St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

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