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What Factors Predict the Success of Hispanic Students in Postsecondary STEM Majors?

Friday, April 13, 2018
2:15 p.m. Eastern Time

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting
New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

The session presents the findings of a REL Southwest study that identified factors predictive of positive postsecondary STEM outcomes for Hispanic students in Texas. The research team linked K–12 student academic data to college enrollment data for public high school students who enrolled in colleges and universities in Texas from 2004/05 to 2010/11 (seven cohorts). Highest math and science course taken in high school and performance on math and science assessments were strongly associated with postsecondary STEM outcomes. These associations did not differ by ethnicity, demonstrating that Hispanic students reap the same benefits of higher-level math and science courses as do non-Hispanic White students.

Partnership: Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance (2012–17)



  • Trisha Borman, Ph.D., Managing Researcher, REL Southwest, American Institutes for Research
  • Marshall Garland, Research Scientist, REL Southwest, Gibson Consulting Inc.
  • Jonathan Margolin, Ph.D., Principal Researcher, REL Southwest, American Institutes for Research
  • Amie Rapaport, Ph.D., Director of Research, REL Southwest, Gibson Consulting Inc.