Why Are Black Students More Likely Than Whites to Leave STEM Majors in College?


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A new study led by Catherine Riegle-Crumb, an associate professor in the department of curriculum and instruction at the University of Texas at Austin, shows that young Black students have a high interest in STEM fields but switch to other majors or dropout of STEM degree programs at significantly higher rates than other students. Using date from the U.S. Department of education from 5,600 students who began college in the 2003-04 academic year, researchers found that 19 percent of White students and 18 percent of Black students planned to pursue degrees in STEM fields. But two of every five B...