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Preliminary Research Findings Show Gender, Not Race, a Factor in College Students Dropping Out of Engineering Fields

Methods developed could help keep vulnerable populations in the engineering pipeline retain students

June 29, 2016

According to recent studies, in colleges and universities up to 60 percent of students drop out or transfer from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, and more than 50 percent of students pursuing STEM in community colleges never graduate. Researchers from the University of Missouri and partner institutions are exploring how ethnic and gender variables affect retention rates, goal setting and satisfaction among engineering students. Preliminary findings in the middle of this five-year study found no differences in retention between Latino and white engineering students, but did show differences between men and women. Their study could help shape methods needed to retain students in engineering fields.  Full Story
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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU, State Farm to Celebrate New Gift

June 28, 2016

Officials from State Farm Insurance and MU will celebrate State Farm’s most recent gift to the university. This latest gift will support five MU outreach programs including support for the Family Impact Center and the Fire Rescue Training Institute.  Full Story

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