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STEM Field Less Diverse

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 05 March 11 2019

March 2019

In the article “Does STEM Stand Out? Examining Racial/Ethnic Gaps in Persistence Across Postsecondary Fields” in “Educational Researchers” researchers from the University of Texas and Florida International University investigate whether Black and Latina/o youth who begin college as STEM majors are more likely to either switch fields or drop out than their White peers. Based on comprehensive national data, they find that Black? Latinx students are indeed more likely to discontinue their STEM studies than White students and that this effect is stronger than in other fields of study like business, social sciences, or humanities. The authors hope that their research will add to the understanding of why STEM fields stand apart in losing minority students.

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