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ERIC Number: ED524622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 116
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 37
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Encouraging Minority Students to Pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careers. A Briefing before the United States Commission on Civil Rights Held in Washington, D.C. Briefing Report
US Commission on Civil Rights
The Commission held a briefing entitled, "Encouraging Minority Students to Pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careers." In particular, the Commission examined why minority college students who begin their college studies intending to major in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) leave these disciplines in disproportionate numbers before graduation. Of particular interest to the Commission on this occasion was the "mismatch hypothesis." The mismatch hypothesis holds that students whose academic credentials are significantly different from the average student in the class may learn less than they would have learned in a class in which their academic credentials "matched" those of the average student. Mismatch may be positive or negative. Students who are positively mismatched--that is, their academic credentials significantly exceed those of their peers--may not be sufficiently challenged by the material. As a result, they may become bored or disengaged. There was substantial agreement among the witnesses. None disputed the evidence that blacks and Hispanics are at least as likely to express interest in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) majors as whites prior to attending college. None disputed the evidence that blacks and Hispanics abandon their STEM ambitions in greater proportions than do whites and Asians. This paper presents a summary of the proceedings. A list of the Commission's recommendations on addressing the lack of interest among blacks and Hispanics in STEM majors are presented. (Contains 3 figures, 7 tables, 6 notes and 122 footnotes.)
US Commission on Civil Rights. Publications Office, 624 Ninth Street NW Room 600, Washington, DC 20425. Tel: 202-376-8128; e-mail: publications@usccr.gov; Web site: http://www.usccr.gov
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: US Commission on Civil Rights