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ERIC Number: ED545609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 49
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-2042-2695
University Differences in the Graduation of Minorities in STEM Fields: Evidence from California. CEP Discussion Paper No. 1223
Arcidiacono, Peter; Aucejo, Esteban; Hotz, V. Joseph
Centre for Economic Performance
The low number of college graduates with science degrees--particularly among underrepresented minorities--is of growing concern. We examine differences across universities in graduating students in different fields. Using student-level data on the University of California system during a period in which racial preferences were in place, we show significant sorting into majors based on academic preparation, with science majors at each campus having on average stronger credentials than their non-science counterparts. Students with relatively weaker academic preparation are significantly more likely to leave the sciences and take longer to graduate at each campus. We show the vast majority of minority students would be more likely to graduate with a science degree and graduate in less time had they attended a lower ranked university. Similar results do not apply for non-minority students.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Searle Freedom Trust
Authoring Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (England). Centre for Economic Performance.
Identifiers - Location: California
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