Female college students are 1.5 times more likely than their male counterparts to leave science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) after taking the first course in the calculus series. Research published in PLOS ONE, supports what many educators have observed and earlier studies have documented: A lack of confidence in mathematical ability, not mathematical capability itself, is a major factor in dissuading female students from pursuing STEM.
Despite earning higher praise, women get lower scores on NIH grant renewals, which may contribute to an attrition of mid-career female scientists.
Shaun R. Harper has been at the center of the racial debate of the past year. In his new book, “Race Matters in College,” was published in June from Johns Hopkins University Press, he provides a pathway for campuses struggling with these very issues.