How Can We Retain College Students in the STEM Disciplines?
More specifically, how can U.S. academic libraries help retain undergraduates in the science majors? That’s the topic I’ll be exploring in this blog, and I hope you’ll join me in the undertaking.It’s widely known in U.S. higher education there are not enough science majors “in the pipeline” to meet the needs of an increasingly technological society and competitive global economy. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology called for one million additional STEM college graduates over the next decade in their 2012 report. How can librarians contribute to this initiative?Whatever your perspective is on this topic – including the view that academic librarians shouldn’t be in the retention business at all – join me on this exploration. I suspect we’ll discover that science librarians already contribute much to student persistence. Together we can brainstorm even more ways to help undergraduates progress through the STEM pipeline.