European Journal of STEM Education
Research Article
2017, 2(1), Article No: 2

Faculty Perceptions of Student Recruitment and Retention in STEM Fields

Published in Volume 2 Issue 1: 30 Apr 2017
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Abstract

According to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST, 2012), there is a need to produce one million more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) graduates in the U.S. over the next decade. Thus, more students must be recruited into and retained in STEM degrees of study. Because faculty are considered influential in students' choices to pursue and remain in STEM disciplines, we interviewed university STEM faculty in order to identify their perceptions of student recruitment and retention in STEM fields. Our data indicate that faculty are generally unaware of or not worried about the need to produce additional STEM graduates. Additionally, faculty seem to be unaware of the actions they might take to positively influence STEM recruitment and retention at the post-secondary level. Here, we specifically discuss faculty perceptions of (1) the gap between the number of STEM graduates and the number of STEM workers available for STEM-related jobs, (2) why students may not be going into or remaining in STEM fields, and (3) their own roles in recruiting and retaining students in STEM fields.

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AMA 10th edition
In-text citation: (1), (2), (3), etc.
Reference: Gandhi-Lee E, Skaza H, Marti E, Schrader P, Orgill M. Faculty Perceptions of Student Recruitment and Retention in STEM Fields. European Journal of STEM Education. 2017;2(1), 2. https://doi.org/10.20897/esteme.201702
APA 6th edition
In-text citation: (Gandhi-Lee et al., 2017)
Reference: Gandhi-Lee, E., Skaza, H., Marti, E., Schrader, P., & Orgill, M. (2017). Faculty Perceptions of Student Recruitment and Retention in STEM Fields. European Journal of STEM Education, 2(1), 2. https://doi.org/10.20897/esteme.201702
Chicago
In-text citation: (Gandhi-Lee et al., 2017)
Reference: Gandhi-Lee, Eshani, Heather Skaza, Erica Marti, PG Schrader, and MaryKay Orgill. "Faculty Perceptions of Student Recruitment and Retention in STEM Fields". European Journal of STEM Education 2017 2 no. 1 (2017): 2. https://doi.org/10.20897/esteme.201702
Harvard
In-text citation: (Gandhi-Lee et al., 2017)
Reference: Gandhi-Lee, E., Skaza, H., Marti, E., Schrader, P., and Orgill, M. (2017). Faculty Perceptions of Student Recruitment and Retention in STEM Fields. European Journal of STEM Education, 2(1), 2. https://doi.org/10.20897/esteme.201702
MLA
In-text citation: (Gandhi-Lee et al., 2017)
Reference: Gandhi-Lee, Eshani et al. "Faculty Perceptions of Student Recruitment and Retention in STEM Fields". European Journal of STEM Education, vol. 2, no. 1, 2017, 2. https://doi.org/10.20897/esteme.201702
Vancouver
In-text citation: (1), (2), (3), etc.
Reference: Gandhi-Lee E, Skaza H, Marti E, Schrader P, Orgill M. Faculty Perceptions of Student Recruitment and Retention in STEM Fields. European Journal of STEM Education. 2017;2(1):2. https://doi.org/10.20897/esteme.201702
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