ERIC Number: EJ1072793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Pathway to a Baccalaureate in STEM Fields: Community Colleges a Viable Route and Does Early STEM Momentum Matter?
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v37 n3 p376-393 Sep 2015
This study examines the effect of beginning at a community college on baccalaureate success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. In addition, drawing upon a new concept of "STEM momentum," this research explores whether and how STEM baccalaureate success is related to early STEM momentum, as well as whether and how such momentum is shaped differently in community colleges as compared with public 4-year institutions. Results indicate that, overall, students beginning at community colleges were less likely to achieve STEM baccalaureate success. However, this negative effect was reduced to some extent by the positive influence of community colleges on a key STEM momentum indicator, quality points students achieved in STEM courses during the first term, which in turn positively impacted STEM baccalaureate success.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Bachelors Degrees, Community Colleges, Academic Achievement, Success, Path Analysis, Academic Persistence, Longitudinal Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study
Grant or Contract Numbers: DRL-0941014