Students starting out in STEM often switch majors

09/19/2013 | USA Today

Student interest in science, technology, engineering and math degrees often starts out strong, but research shows about 40% of STEM majors move to other fields before graduation, says Mitchell Chang, a professor of higher education and organizational change at the University of California, Los Angeles. Common reasons for changing majors include inadequate foundations in math and science, and discouragement that comes when previously high-achieving students start getting average grades.

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