This study describes the relationship between high school mathematics and science backgrounds
and college math and science performances of 163 students who entered General College (GC)
in fall of 2003 with interests in science (STEM) majors. The study found low positive
correlations between high school and college performance, but no significant differences in the
backgrounds of students who eventually left the college and those who persisted. The study
found that over half of the original STEM majors left the college after two years and that over
half of the remaining students were not enrolled in STEM majors.
Jansen, Elizabeth; Wambach, Catherine; Franko, Jennifer.
2002 GC Cohort with STEM Major Interests: High School and College Academic Performance.
University of Minnesota: General College.
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