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Offline klg14

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College Majors "Chosen" for Black Students
« on: June 23, 2021, 01:19:27 PM »
More students of color may be getting degrees, but we need to find ways to open all degree options to all students.
https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2021/06/23/colleges-need-help-students-color-choose-most-valuable-majors-opinion
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Re: College Majors "Chosen" for Black Students
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2021, 05:26:48 AM »
Klg, I believe that more focus should be on preparing students for those majors before they get to college at the middle and high school level.
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Re: College Majors "Chosen" for Black Students
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2021, 12:52:37 PM »
Klg, I beleve that more focus should be on preparing students for those majors before they get to college at the middle and high school level.

That's just part of the solution.

Black American Undergraduate Women at a PWI: Switching Majors in STEM
This study focused on four Black American women undergraduate seniors attending a predominantly white research institution (PWI) in the southeastern United States. Participants who initially majored in the biology pre-professional degree program shared experiences that impacted their decision to switch their major, and in most cases, their career aspirations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The current study used phenomological case-study techniques which incorporated individual, semi-structured interviews, and a demographic questionnaire to obtain participants’ perspectives. Additionally, researchers utilized traditional data analysis, coding, and thematic category development and interpretation techniques to develop themes, conclusions, and implications for this research. The most salient factors that impacted their decision to change majors included: a) lack of early success in science at the predominantly white institution, b) lack of adequate career counseling and advisement, and c) feelings of lack of adequate preparation for science in the college classroom based on their precollege science and mathematics course experiences. Ultimately these factors impacted the Black American women undergraduate students’ lack of persistence in their original science degree programs on the college level.[/color]

https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&q=%22Black+American+Undergraduate+Women+at+a+PWI%3A+Switching+Majors+in+STEM%22&btnG=
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Re: College Majors "Chosen" for Black Students
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2021, 03:39:08 PM »
Klg, I beleve that more focus should be on preparing students for those majors before they get to college at the middle and high school level.

That's just part of the solution.

Black American Undergraduate Women at a PWI: Switching Majors in STEM
This study focused on four Black American women undergraduate seniors attending a predominantly white research institution (PWI) in the southeastern United States. Participants who initially majored in the biology pre-professional degree program shared experiences that impacted their decision to switch their major, and in most cases, their career aspirations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The current study used phenomological case-study techniques which incorporated individual, semi-structured interviews, and a demographic questionnaire to obtain participants’ perspectives. Additionally, researchers utilized traditional data analysis, coding, and thematic category development and interpretation techniques to develop themes, conclusions, and implications for this research. The most salient factors that impacted their decision to change majors included: a) lack of early success in science at the predominantly white institution, b) lack of adequate career counseling and advisement, and c) feelings of lack of adequate preparation for science in the college classroom based on their precollege science and mathematics course experiences. Ultimately these factors impacted the Black American women undergraduate students’ lack of persistence in their original science degree programs on the college level.[/color]

https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&q=%22Black+American+Undergraduate+Women+at+a+PWI%3A+Switching+Majors+in+STEM%22&btnG=

Black women are more likely to be successful in STEM fields at an HBCU. There was a study done at Duke a little while ago showing why Black students didn't stay in STEM. There are a lot of biased professors that push them out.

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Re: College Majors "Chosen" for Black Students
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2021, 04:09:24 PM »
Klg, I beleve that more focus should be on preparing students for those majors before they get to college at the middle and high school level.

That's just part of the solution.

Black American Undergraduate Women at a PWI: Switching Majors in STEM
This study focused on four Black American women undergraduate seniors attending a predominantly white research institution (PWI) in the southeastern United States. Participants who initially majored in the biology pre-professional degree program shared experiences that impacted their decision to switch their major, and in most cases, their career aspirations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The current study used phenomological case-study techniques which incorporated individual, semi-structured interviews, and a demographic questionnaire to obtain participants’ perspectives. Additionally, researchers utilized traditional data analysis, coding, and thematic category development and interpretation techniques to develop themes, conclusions, and implications for this research. The most salient factors that impacted their decision to change majors included: a) lack of early success in science at the predominantly white institution, b) lack of adequate career counseling and advisement, and c) feelings of lack of adequate preparation for science in the college classroom based on their precollege science and mathematics course experiences. Ultimately these factors impacted the Black American women undergraduate students’ lack of persistence in their original science degree programs on the college level.[/color]

https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&q=%22Black+American+Undergraduate+Women+at+a+PWI%3A+Switching+Majors+in+STEM%22&btnG=

Black women are more likely to be successful in STEM fields at an HBCU. There was a study done at Duke a little while ago showing why Black students didn't stay in STEM. There are a lot of biased professors that push them out.

Also many biased academic advisors.

FYI -
Findings in STEM Retention at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Although college retention is a complex issue, the strength of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields can be drawn upon to understand college retention in STEM fields. Focus groups were conducted with undergraduate students, graduates, faculty, administration, and staff members involved in STEM at six HBCUs. This report examines the focus group data, providing a snapshot of the experience of majoring in STEM at an HBCU using the words of those involved. Results show that HBCUs have the potential to provide every type of important psychosocial and structural support that STEM students need to be successful.
https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&q=Findings+in+STEM+Retention+at+Historically+Black+Colleges+and+Universities&btnG=
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Re: College Majors "Chosen" for Black Students
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2021, 04:14:00 PM »
Klg, I beleve that more focus should be on preparing students for those majors before they get to college at the middle and high school level.

Fort Valley has a program that does that. 
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Re: College Majors "Chosen" for Black Students
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2021, 09:03:08 PM »
The guidance you guys are advocating, occurred between the 5th and 8th grades in Orangeburg SC, with the school teachers and guidance counselors providing that service for free during Summer Bible School at our church's, at the community level and our parents and family members doing so throughout our personal development as kids, at the household level...  

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