Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 3:14pm
Crain and Jelks

IHE graduates Samantha (Rogers) Jelks (PhD 2019) and Andrew Crain (PhD 2020) collaborated on a Journal of Higher Education article about STEM career development and retention, "Sticking with STEM: Understanding STEM Career Persistence among STEM Bachelor’s Degree Holders."

The authors sought to challenge the narrative that shortcomings in education pipelines account for unmet demand in STEM professional fields. They focused on college graduates with bachelor's degrees in STEM disciplines, who did not enter or remain in the field. They explored demographic backgrounds, postsecondary education experiences, and labor market variables that may influence a person's decision to persist in a career path.

Building from Educational Longitudinal Survey of 2002 (ELS:2002) data which shows that over 25 percent of STEM baccalaureate graduates did not intend to remain in a STEM field by age 30, they sought trends in experiences. Jelks and Crain applied the human capital theory and social cognitive career theory (SCCT) to a series of logistic regression models.

Read full article at: https://doi.org/10.1080/00221546.2019.1700477


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