This longitudinal study examined whether premedical students’ educational orientation contributed to their chances of completing a STEM degree. Two different orientations were tested; a narrow one grounded by interests in obtaining status and a more expansive orientation grounded by interests in engaging with a broader set of learning goals and communities. The primary source of data came from the Cooperative Institutional Research Program’s 2004 Freshman Survey (TFS) and 2008 College Senior Survey (CSS). We are pleased to present Premedical Students’ Orientation toward Education: Challenges for the Pipeline into Medical School.
Dr. Chang is professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change at the University of California, Los Angeles. He previously worked as an Associate Dean at Loyola Marymount University. Michael Soh is a doctoral student in the Division of Higher Education and Organizational Change at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. His research interests include STEM education, medical education, and curricular and pedagogical innovation. Dr. Eagan is Assistant Professor in Residence and Interim Director of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP). He is also the Interim Managing Director of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA (HERI), where the CIRP surveys are administered. Dr. Hurtado is Professor and Director of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA (HERI) in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She has served on numerous editorial boards for journals in education, and is past-President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).