Submission Date

4-23-2015

Document Type

Paper

Department

Business & Economics

Second Department

Mathematics

Adviser

Jennifer VanGilder

Second Adviser

Nicholas Scoville

Committee Member

Jennifer VanGilder

Committee Member

Nicholas Scoville

Committee Member

Paul Stern

Department Chair

Jennifer VanGilder

Department Chair

April Kontostathis

External Reviewer

John Robst

Distinguished Honors

This paper has met the requirements for Distinguished Honors

Project Description

Producing more graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), as well as ensuring students complete college in a timely manner are both areas of national public policy interest. In order to improve these two outcomes, it is imperative to understand what factors lead undergraduate students to persist in, and ultimately graduate with STEM degrees. This paper uses data from the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study, provided by The National Center of Education Statistics, to model the time to baccalaureate degree among STEM majors using a Cox proportional hazard model.