Steps to Success: An Analysis of Persistence and Attainment in STEM Majors
29 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2014
Date Written: June 16, 2014
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
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