University differences in the graduation minorities in STEM fields: evidence from California

Scholarly Edition

We examine differences in minority science graduation rates among University of California campuses when racial preferences were in place. Less-prepared minorities at higher-ranked campuses had lower persistence rates in science and took longer to graduate. We estimate a model of students' college major choice where net returns of a science major differ across campuses and student preparation. We find less-prepared minority students at top- ranked campuses would have higher science graduation rates had they attended lower-ranked campuses. Better matching of science students to universities by preparation and providing information about students' prospects in different major-university combinations could increase minority science graduation.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Arcidiacono, P; Aucejo, EM; Hotz, VJ

Published Date

  • March 1, 2016