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Students Who Study Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in Postsecondary Education

Abstract

"In the quest to increase interest in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, the discussion on how to accomplish that goal has reached a fevered pitch. Many experts are weighing in on what approaches can be taken to interest, support, and retain students in STEM education. A newly released Department of Education study of students who choose the STEM fields helps to paint a picture of them--why they choose these fields of study, if they remain in them, and what their educational outcomes are.



Students Who Study Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in Postsecondary Education
focuses on undergraduate students and is designed to provide a snapshot of students who pursue and complete degrees in STEM fields. The report released last week uses data from three studies completed from 1995 to 2006. One early conclusion is that students who choose STEM fields outperform their non-STEM field colleagues."

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