Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) have found that black and Latinx students are more likely to leave science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors in college because of obstacles they face that their white peers do not.
The researchers found STEM graduation rates are lower for black and Latinx students than for those same students in non-STEM fields.
The team examined black and Latinx students with socio-economic and educational backgrounds similar to those of their white peers, and found neither of those variables explain the differences in graduation rates.
Said UT Austin researcher Kevin Cokley, "When you have people from different backgrounds working on human problems, then there's more creativity in their ability to problem solve."
From The Daily Texan
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