Shari Ellertson, Joe Champion and Wanchen Chang recently co-presented a session titled “Using High School Transcripts to Model College STEM Selection and Success” at the 57th annual forum of the Association for Institutional Research in Washington, DC. Their presentation was the culmination of their work on a grant project funded by the Idaho Office of the State Board of Education.
The study used records in the Statewide Longitudinal Data System at both the K-12 and postsecondary levels to examine the effects of student characteristics (i.e. gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status), achievement in high school (i.e. dual credit taking, course-taking and gpa), and high school characteristics (i.e. locale, student to teacher ratio, school type, size) on STEM selection and success in college.