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Who Goes where: patterns in academic field switching of successful college graduates
written by Emily C. Wilson and Scott V. Franklin
We examine patterns of students switching into and out of colleges, STEM/non-STEM fields, and majors within fields, examining the impact of both discipline and demographics. Our data include over fifteen years of student records, with over 22,000 students graduating with an identifiable degree. Restricting the analysis to graduates removes issues of readiness and retention, instead focusing on issues of environment and pathways. We find statistical significance in switching rates of students in colleges of engineering, computer science and applied science and "paths" between colleges that students are more likely to follow as they switch majors. Correlation between persistence within a program and student demographics -- gender, ethnicity, and deaf/hard-of-hearing status -- is strongest in STEM colleges of engineering, computing and applied science and non-STEM colleges of health science and liberal arts. Connections are seen between colleges of engineering and applied science and between biology (within the College of Science) and non-clinical health sciences, and large- scale trends in switching are seen to have changed over time.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 587-592
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Education - Applied Research
- Careers
Education - Basic Research
- Behavior
- Student Characteristics
- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
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E. Wilson and S. Franklin, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15477&DocID=5325).
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E. Wilson and S. Franklin, Who Goes where: patterns in academic field switching of successful college graduates, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15477&DocID=5325>.
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Wilson, E., & Franklin, S. (2020, July 22-23). Who Goes where: patterns in academic field switching of successful college graduates. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15477&DocID=5325
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Wilson, Emily C., and Scott Franklin. "Who Goes where: patterns in academic field switching of successful college graduates." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15477&DocID=5325 (accessed 1 March 2021).
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Wilson, Emily C., and Scott Franklin. "Who Goes where: patterns in academic field switching of successful college graduates." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 587-592 of PER Conference. 1 Mar. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15477&DocID=5325>.
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