Study on Minority Degrees in STEM fields
Posted on April 21, 2006 Comments (1)
The American Council on Education has published a study: Increasing the Success of Minority Students in Science and Technology.
- In the 1995-96 academic year, 18.6 percent of African-American students and 22.7 percent of Hispanic students began college interested in majoring in STEM fields compared with 18 percent of white students and 26.4 percent of Asian-American students.
- By the spring of 2001, 62.5 percent of African Americans and Hispanics majoring in STEM fields attained a bachelor’s degree compared with 94.8 percent of Asian Americans and 86.7 percent of whites.
Students who graduated in STEM fields (by spring 2001) were:
- better prepared for postsecondary education because a larger percentage took a highly rigorous high school curriculum.
- nearly all were younger than 19 when they entered college in 1995-96
- more likely to have at least one parent with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
- came from families with higher incomes.
- more likely to work 15 hours or more a week.