What the data tell us about persistence in lower-division pre-requisites for STEM majors

Presentation | November 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Coalition for Education and Outreach

Presenters: Andrew Eppig, Institutional Research Analyst, UC Berkeley Div. of Equity and Inclusion and Roshni Wadhwani, Research Associate, Public Profit. Berkeley’s STEM departments have long struggled to improve persistence, particularly among non-traditional students, including women, underrepresented minorities, students with disabilities, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Previous analyses have shown that persistence gaps appear by the time students complete their lower-division course requirements, typically in their second year of study. Until recently, however, we have not known where and when these persistence gaps begin. In this presentation, Eppig and Wadhwani discuss the results of a new analysis that tracks intended majors across all STEM fields from year one through graduation, producing high-resolution metrics on student persistence across time. Their analysis highlights persistence patterns, identifies barrier courses, and pinpoints junctures where timely interventions might significantly improve the persistence of STEM majors.

 kspohr@berkeley.edu