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Support Resources Utilized by Minority Students Majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Disciplines

Galloway, Renee Michelle (2008) Support Resources Utilized by Minority Students Majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Disciplines. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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A number of studies have focused on the identification of factors impacting minority students' persistence at four-year colleges and universities. Most of these studies focus on what the students or institutions have done wrong, with fewer studies focusing on the specific factors that successful students, those who have persisted to graduation, have done right to overcome barriers to graduation. The main objectives of the study are to: a) identify resources utilized by minority students leading to academic success as identified by general and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) discipline retention experts; b) identify the knowledge acquired to access available resources and actions employed to utilize resources by minority students studying in STEM disciplines; c) analyze the associations between resources utilized by graduates of the Hewlett Packard (HP) Scholars Program and the academic majors selected; and d) analyze the associations between resources utilized by HP Scholars and the institutions attended. This study utilized the Padilla Expertise Model of Student Success (1991), with slight modifications, as the theoretical framework.It is hoped that further research using this framework as a foundation will result in an instrument that is reflective of the needs of minority students studying STEM field disciplines to persist to graduation and will also equip institutions of higher education with the tools to facilitate this success.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Galloway, Renee
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairYeager, John
Committee MemberTrovato, Charlene
Committee MemberWeidman, John
Committee MemberZullo, Thomas
Date: 27 June 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 27 February 2008
Approval Date: 27 June 2008
Submission Date: 7 April 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Minority; Persistence; Retention; STEM; Graduation; Support Resources
Other ID:, etd-04072008-093433
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:34
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:38


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