Partner Institutions and Study Participants

Madison College

Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)

UW Colleges

This project follows a cohort of first-time students beginning in programs or courses within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields at participating institutions in Fall 2014. The target sample consists of roughly 3,000 students across these institutions. The first wave of survey data collection resulted in an analytic sample of close to 1,670 students, for a response rate of 56%.


Quick Data Points

1,245 of the 1,668 students who participated in our baseline survey in Fall 2014 also completed our first follow-up survey in Fall 2015, for a response rate of 74.6%.

Among the 1,245 students who participated in both waves of our survey, 42.1% reported intent to transfer to a 4-year institution. Of these transfer-aspiring students, 61.3% intend to transfer into a STEM field and 38.7% into a non-STEM field.

Findings from Baseline Survey:

70.1% of students reported they intend to transfer to a four-year college or university.

61.7% plan to transfer after 2 years.

65.7% of students said the highest credential they plan to obtain from their college is an associate degree.