Because some of the largest-ever proportions of students are starting college interested in STEM, Chang said, “all the blame here can’t be placed on K-12 education” for not preparing enough American scientists and engineers, as some workforce experts and politicians argue. </p><p>Instead, much of that blame lies with the nation’s colleges and universities for deterring students somewhere between freshman year and the completion of a bachelor’s degree in four or five years, he said. “Something that happens in college – and it goes beyond just preparation – is losing students.”
Degrees of Success. It’s worth following the continued work of this group as they hope to identify best-practices in successfully graduating students in STEM.