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Female Undergraduate STEM Persistence

Title: Female Undergraduate STEM Persistence: A Focus on the Role of Living and Learning Communities.
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Name(s): Nix, Samantha, author
Roberts, Kari, author
Hughes, Roxanne, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2016-12-30
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Despite multiple policy changes over the last three decades, women are still underrepresented in many science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields at the undergraduate level. This issue is a major policy concern for federal and state governments as well as higher education institutions. Colleges and universities have created a number of recruitment and retention policies to address women's underrepresentation in STEM fields. One of the longest running responses has been living-learning communities (LLCs) - programs designed to provide safe places for women to network and meet role models who can help them through their respective STEM courses and disciplinary climates. This study investigates how participation in a STEM LLC at one university relates to college and STEM-related educational outcomes by comparing participants to matched (via propensity score matching) STEM majors in the institution's general population. We found that WISE students were about 40% more likely than their non-WISE counterparts to graduate from college. WISE students were three times more likely to complete physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, and computer sciences degrees than non-WISE students. This finding is important since these majors have shown the most persistent gender disparities over time in the U.S. In conclusion, this study highlights the positive relationship between participation in a single-sex STEM LLC on women's persistence in PEMC majors. Therefore, this study suggests that women-only STEM LLC's may be a valuable piece of the answer to improving the representation of women in the PEMC majors.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1491404010 (IID), 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2016016349 (DOI)
Keywords: Women, Undergraduate, College, STEM persistence, Propensity score matching
Publication Note: The publisher's version of record is available at https://doi.org/10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2016016349.
Preferred Citation: Nix, S., Roberts, K. L., & Hughes, R. M. (2016). Female Undergraduate STEM Persistence: A Focus on the Role of Living and Learning Communities. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 22(4).
Grant Number: DMR 0654118
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1491404010
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering.
Issue: iss. 4, vol. 22

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Nix, S., Roberts, K., & Hughes, R. (2016). Female Undergraduate STEM Persistence: A Focus on the Role of Living and Learning Communities. Journal Of Women And Minorities In Science And Engineering. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1491404010