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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Factors That Contribute to the Persistence of Minority Students in STEM Fields

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From Volume 42 Number 4 | July–September 2014
By Laura G. Foltz, Sam Gannon, Stephanie L. Kirschmann
Challenges: Student Success, Retention, and Graduation

The United States relies on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduates to enhance national innovation and economic development. Recently, however, great concern has arisen about the quantity and quality of STEM graduates and the need to recruit and graduate more minority students from these disciplines. This exploratory qualitative study used interviews and document analysis to gain additional insight into the ways that habitus, academic preparation, academic and social integration, and interventions and inducements interact and influence the persistence to graduation of minority students in the STEM disciplines.

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