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"STEM Attrition: College Students' Paths into and out of STEM Fields." icon

STEM Attrition: College Students' Paths into and out of STEM Fields.

This report presents an examination of students' attrition from STEM fields over the course of 6 years using data from the 2004/09 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study and the associated 2009 Postsecondary Education Transcript Study. The intent is to increase understanding of this attrition by: (1) determining rates of attrition from STEM and non-STEM fields; (2) identifying characteristics of students who leave STEM fields; (3) comparing the STEM course taking and performance of STEM leavers and persisters; and (4) examining the strength of various factors' associations with STEM attrition.

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