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.
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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.
With more than one-third of the nation’s college students being people of color, there’s increased pressure for universities and colleges to foster a more inclusive learning environment. Prompting protests from students and higher education advocates, much of the outcry has focused on the lack of diversity among university faculties.
“I think things are going to get uncomfortable for white progressives in Madison and I think that’s a good thing frankly,” she said. “But it’s happening at the same time as other nasty dialogue that people feel empowered to talk about nationally. I don’t know the answer to that. I can’t say, ‘yeah now the racists have been unleashed’ because they’ve always been here. But at the same time we do have organizations working harder to look at things with a racial lens.”