Title

The Effect of Developmental Math on STEM Participation in Community College: Variation by Race, Gender, Achievement, and Aspiration

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-30-2020

Publication Title

Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

Volume

43

Issue

1

First page number:

108

Last page number:

133

Abstract

We use regression discontinuity design to examine the impact of placing into developmental math on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) participation in community colleges and whether these relationships differ for underrepresented racially minoritized (URM), women, STEM-oriented, and STEM-aspiring students. Results show that lower math placement was a deterrent to both math progression and STEM participation, especially for those at the margin of placement in transfer-level math. Subgroup analyses suggest that lower math placement may have supported women, and to a lesser extent URM students, in completing transferable STEM credits. For STEM-oriented students, we find suggestive evidence that lower placement deterred them from accumulating transferable credits. We discuss how community colleges can support these students and bolster the community college STEM pathway.

Keywords

Community colleges; Disparities; Higher education; STEM; Regression disontinuity

Disciplines

Education | Educational Psychology | Higher Education

Language

English

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