Recent high school graduates Lucero Estrada, Andrea Scarios Valazquez, and Alan Platon faced anxiety over the uncertain future of their immigration status as Dreamers and of the DACA program during their senior year.
To ensure true equity and success for underrepresented students in STEM, institutional efforts to increase demographic diversity through recruitment must be accompanied by the creation of an inclusive environment where students can thrive.
The National Center for Education Statistics recently released a report as part of their Stats in Brief series called Four Years Later: 2007-08 College Graduates’ Employment, Debt, and Enrollment in 2012, which tracked the four-year outcomes for students who graduated with a baccalaureate degree during the 2007-08 academic year—the middle of the Great Recession.
A report by The National Academies Press titled Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine explores the direct impacts of sexual harassment in work and learning spaces and offers several recommendations to effect change.
In 2017, The University of Texas System entered into a 10-year partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau to create a pathway for higher education institutions and state education authorities to access critical data needed to show the value of a college degree. The result was seekUT, a web tool that provides students and families an easy way to see salaries of graduates by program of study compared to student debt.
An overarching goal of STEM education research is to identify how to improve STEM learning environments through the lenses of education and social science. To make this work most effectively, this research needs to be shared with individuals directly involved in teaching or managing STEM courses. Ahlam Lee of Xavier University discusses how to make this happen.
The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine recently released a report titled Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century, which outlines several recommendations for necessary changes required to meet the needs of modern STEM students through a set of updated and student-centered CORE competencies and cultural shifts in what is valued in the academy.
Dreamers Jacob Maldonado and Maria Campos, best friends and fellow students at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, persevered in their studies despite wondering if it was still worth pursuing their college degrees after the 2016 elections and political winds shifting against the DACA policy.
Many queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students continue to navigate stigma, peer aggression, and exclusion well into their college years. Researchers are beginning to capture their experiences, which could help lead the way to change.
Elevating College Completion is a recently released series that aims to inform readers about how many students who enter undergraduate programs end up completing their degree. It examines some potential policy tools that could be used to incentivize institutions to take steps to increase their completion rates.