Academic performance in math, science is best predictor of university STEM enrolment

May 12, 2016

Success in math and science at the high school level is the main predictor for students entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in university, according to a new report by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. The study, titled “Understanding the STEM Path through High School and into University Programs,” examined the high school grades and university enrolment figures for a sample of students and found that academic performance was a stronger indicator of enrolment in STEM disciplines than non-academic factors. The study’s authors note that more research and better data are needed to understand the role that individual, home, and school factors affect success in high school math and science. HEQCO | Report