Survey of Best Practices in Retaining Students in Science, Technology, Engineering & Medicine
The 106-page study looks closely at the efforts of 22 colleges and universities to retain students in these critical areas. The report presents data on efforts to cultivate STEM students in high school, retention enhancement efforts with tutors, adjunct and full time faculty, teaching assistants and others. In addition, the report presents data on STEM retention, on the percentage of STEM students who leave for other colleges and for non-STEM majors within the college. It looks at staffing for retention including retention staffing specifically for STEM subjects or STEM retention staffers attached to specific academic departments, as well as the use of STEM oriented retention committees. Other topics covered include efforts to encourage STEM effort buy in from faculty, the role of academic advising, special efforts for minority students, uses of standardized testing and early warning systems and much more.
Data in the report is broken out by type and size of college, by level of tuition and other variables.
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