1) How can the constructs of social/cultural capital and financial constraints be measured? 2) How do the intersection of social capital and financial constraints impact community college students’ pursuit of STEM degrees through transfer? 3) Identify the factors related to social and cultural capital, finances, and external factors that pull students away from their studies.
Tracking Financial Aid and Persistence of Women, Minority, and Needy Students in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics
1) What are the persistence patterns of the special student populations compared to other populations in the same institutional setting? 2) Are the special student populations financing higher education differently than the comparison groups? 3) Are there significant differences in the persistence patterns of SEM and SEM student populations based on the type of aid received? 4) Have the amounts and types of aid received by the special student populations changed over time compared to other student populations?