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Undergraduates across the country are choosing to leave science, technology, engineering and math programs before they graduate with those degrees. Many students in those STEM fields struggle to complete their degrees in four years, or drop out, according to a 2010 University of California, Los Angeles, study.

The study, conducted by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, found students in science, math and engineering take longer to complete their degrees than students who start out majoring in other fields. The study tracked thousands of students who entered college for the first time in 2004.

Thirty-six percent of white, 21% of black and 22% of Latino undergraduate students in STEM fields finished their bachelor's degrees in STEM fields within five years of initial enrollment.

Nearly 22% dropped out after five years.

Low graduation rates among science and math undergraduates affect how the United States competes globally. Fewer biology and math majors means fewer doctors and engineers later.
Please read entire article : http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/05/17/edu...ex.html?hpt=C1

Changed the title,to bring more people to read this article , this is also happening in other parts of the world.that is why i wanted to share it.

Who will drive the future technology?
Edited by Eduardv - 5/21/11 at 10:59pm
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The study, conducted by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, found students in science, math and engineering take longer to complete their degrees than students who start out majoring in other fields.
Well, those are way harder than freaking English, Art, and Music.
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Aliens.
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Well, those are way harder than freaking English, Art, and Music.
Yes,but why ? lol
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Glad this is from a somewhat respected American News Agency or else this thread would have been a GIANT flame and shut down in hours.

On a more global note though, yeah. There were a lot of people that dropped out of tech in the 90's and got rich. A recent is Zuckerburg. Why stay in school when the rich are getting rich only AFTER they drop out. Makes sense to me lol
    
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we only need one, just one..
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University tenure systems often reward professors who conduct research and publish their work, but not those who teach well.
Pretty much my personal experience.
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I am going to have to take Trigonometry for the third time next semester. The professor my first time didn't even care about us and continuously yelled at us for being "lazy". She barely even taught the class as it was. I guarantee you that class had at least an 80% drop/failure rate. The second professor I had actually cared about the class but wasn't too great at teaching. Once the Trig Identities hit the entire class took a dive.

These higher level courses are very tough courses and should not be taken lightly. We need confident teachers teaching these courses or we will continue to see our science graduate base decrease.
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In all honesty I don't blame those who decide to back out of those fields. The schooling system in the U.S. is pretty ridiculous (in my opinion) and is getting only worse. Every several years the school boards add more required courses and I feel this is why so many people end up dropping out of their studies. Many of the classes (I'd say well more than 25% of the courses required) taken for ANY field of study are hilariously useless towards that particular field of work. Why are they required? Just because; because that's the way they want it and that's the way it'll be. Ummm... wow, really? I have to sit through Biology and Chemistry for a Computer Information Systems degree? Niiiiice. It's awesome to know that the ~$300-$500 I spend on each class (which we either pay or live poorly without a higher degree) supports their scheme.

Another factor that contributes to this are the horrible salaries our teachers make, and not only that, the piss-poor teachers that are somehow being hired. Teachers are quite an important role in our world, and they are paid horribly for their job. My sister (an elementary teacher) has a Master's degree and she just barely breaks $30,000 annually. Raise the pay, raise the quality requirement bar, and you won't need to worry about an uneducated future that lacks professionals in certain fields. My Chemistry teacher was at LEAST 90 years old. Are you kidding me? The guy can barely carry his textbook, let alone have the memory and voice to teach a 50 student college Chemistry class.
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Yes,but why ? lol
Because they are much more difficult fields...
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