Student Underrepresentation in STEM Programs
The purpose of this study was to examine the underrepresentation of students in STEM programs at a midsize, regional, masters granting, comprehensive university in East Texas, Thomas J. Rusk University, coming from Title 1 schools throughout the state of Texas. The study also seeks to determine how many students are actively enrolled in STEM disciplines as of fall 2015, and previously attended secondary institutions that failed to meet adequate yearly progress according to the Texas Education Agency. Data collection consisted of open-access archival data that included a total sample of 3,455 students in STEM disciplines. A random sample of 150 Title 1 students and 150 non-Title 1 students were used in the study to make a detailed comparison. Students were subdivided into classification of freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior status according to the number of hours completed. Descriptive statistics were used to make detailed comparisons and help determine if students from Title 1 schools were demonstrating to be as academically successful in comparison to their non-Title 1 peers. Findings indicated no significant difference in the average GPA between students from Title 1 schools and non-Title 1 schools. The study provides insight to future research of STEM and addresses the need to adequately prepare all students, including those that are academically disadvantaged in secondary education to meet the increasing demands of postsecondary education and allow them the opportunity to succeed in STEM disciplines.
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