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Abstract Title: Surviving STEM: Pathways to getting a STEM degree
Abstract: There have been multiple national calls to create more STEM majors (e.g., PCAST 2014).  In order to achieve this goal, STEM faculty need to understand what draws students to our discipline, and what can push them away from it.  There are many factors that contribute to successfully obtaining a four year college degree.  A survival analysis will model the time to an event, in this case either dropping out or graduation.  Kaplan Meier, Nelson Aalen, and Cox proportional hazard models will be used to develop survival, lifetime distribution, and hazard functions to see how different factors contribute to students progress in pursuit of STEM degrees at ECU over a four year period.  Determining factors that have a high event density will help to identify groups most at risk in order to promote retention.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B98

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Steven F. Wolf
East Carolina University Department of Physics
1000 E. 10th Street
Howell Science Building C-209
Greenville, NC 27858
and Co-Presenter(s)
Ryan J. Mezera
East Carolina University Department of Physics
Sarit Johnson
East Carolina University School of Social Work
Kevin White
East Carolina University School of Social Work