published January 23, 2013

Contribute to Study on Why Undergraduates Leave STEM Majors

Elaine Seymour, recognized for her distinguished scholarship on STEM education, originator of the SALG assessment instrument, and the first external evaluator of the SENCER project has written to ask for our assistance in connection with an update of her seminal study, "Thinking About Leaving." Please consider helping Elaine and her colleagues by reading her letter and participating in a brief two-item survey.


Dear STEM Colleague: According to a recent report by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, roughly 60% of students who enter college with the goal of majoring in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) end up graduating in a non-STEM field.

As part of a national five-year study of why undergraduates leave STEM majors, we are conducting a very short survey of STEM faculty and instructors.

What we want to know is this: What level of math proficiency do STEM faculty consider a good indication that a student is likely to succeed in a STEM major?

The survey has just two questions: the one above and a second that asks about your field of study. Neither question asks for information that can personally identify you, so your answers are anonymous. Our findings will be used only to make sampling decisions for our study.

If you would, please give us just a minute of your time. The two-item survey can be found here.

We will greatly appreciate your cooperation. Feel free to share the link for this survey with colleagues. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Mark Connolly (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Anne-Barrie Hunter
(University of Colorado Boulder), and Elaine Seymour
Principal Investigators, Talking about Leaving Revisited (Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation)