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Increasing Persistence of College Students in STEM

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Science  27 Sep 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6153, pp. 1455-1456
DOI: 10.1126/science.1240487

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A 2012 report by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) predicts that the U.S. workforce will suffer a deficit of one million college graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) over the next decade (1). The report calls for addressing the shortfall by increasing retention of college students in STEM. But many academic leaders have not responded aggressively to workforce needs by implementing measures that increase retention. Some of this nonaction is likely due to lack of knowledge about proven retention strategies.

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