ERIC Number: EJ1141068
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Factors that Influence STEM-Promising Females' Decision to Attend a Non Research-Intensive Undergraduate Institution
Miller, Roxanne Greitz; Hurlock, Ashley J.
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v18 n1 p50-56 Jan-Mar 2017
Non research-intensive institutions of higher education are effective at narrowing STEM gender gaps in major selection and persistence to degree completion, yet the decision to attend such a setting is likely seen as counterintuitive when such institutions typically have lower levels of research, financial resources, and total student enrollments in the sciences. This case study identifies institutional factors reported by "STEM-Promising" females, defined as females who completed at least one Advanced Placement (A.P.) STEM course in high school, as influencing their decision to attend their non research-intensive undergraduate institution. Using a quantitative, cross-sectional research design and original survey, 23 out of 45 factors were reported to influence their college choice. Significant differences between STEM and non-STEM majors were noted in the influence of undergraduate research opportunities, faculty reputation, graduate/professional school admission, presence of academic support/tutoring, and the graduate program available at the institution. For STEM majors also admitted to research-intensive universities, only university size and average class size at the non research-intensive institution were reported as superior to the research-intensive. Additional non research-intensive undergraduate institutions are encouraged to repeat this study at their own institutions and tailor their institutional marketing and admissions materials to reduce the STEM gender gap.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Females, STEM Education, Performance Factors, Institutional Characteristics, Case Studies, College Choice, Statistical Analysis, Student Surveys, Online Surveys, Majors (Students), Attribution Theory, Student Educational Objectives, Gender Differences
Institute for STEM Education and Research. P.O. Box 4001, Auburn, AL 36831. Tel: 334-844-3360; Web site: http://www.jstem.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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