Mr. Marshall Garland

Dr. Amie Rapaport

Dr. Amie Rapaport and Mr. Marshall Garland from our Research and Evaluation Group will present at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) being held in New York City from April 13, 2018 – April 17, 2018.

On the first day of the meeting (Friday, April 13), Dr. Rapaport and Mr. Garland, as a part of the Student Persistence Paper Session, will present results from one of several studies conducted in collaboration with the Texas Hispanic STEM Research Alliance as a part of the Regional Education Laboratory, Southwest. Their paper, titled “Associations between predictive indicators and postsecondary science, technology, engineering, and math success among Hispanic students in Texas”, was developed in collaboration with Dr. Trisha Borman and Dr. Jonathan Margolin at American Institutes for Research.

We blogged about this and another study in January this year. The discussion at AERA will focus on our findings from the study, namely that advanced math and science course taking, math and science standardized test scores, and high school attendance were significant predictors of postsecondary STEM success for all Texas students included in the study, and that the relationships between these predictors and outcomes was not significantly different for Hispanic students compared to white students.

For more information about the study and to read about our findings you can find the full paper here. Additionally, this two-page infographic highlights key takeaways from this, and other STEM work conducted under the Regional Education Laboratory, Southwest.

The session will include presentations on several other papers related to student persistence. If you plan to attend AERA, we hope you can join us for the session!


Succeeding Alone: Avoidant Attachment Decreases Persistence and Completion for College Students With Foster Care Histories
Nathanael J Okpych, University of Connecticut – Storrs

Degree Attainment for Black Students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly White Institutions: A Propensity Score Matching Approach
Ray Franke, University of Massachusetts – Boston
Linda DeAngelo, University of Pittsburgh

What Factors Predict the Success of Hispanic Students in Postsecondary STEM Majors?
Jonathan B. Margolin, American Institutes for Research
Trisha Borman, American Institutes for Research
Marshall Garland, Gibson Consulting Group, Inc.
Amie Rapaport, Gibson Consulting Group, Inc.

Predicting Dropout for Nontraditional College Students: A Machine Learning Approach
Huade Huo, American Institutes for Research
jiashan Cui, American Institutes for Research
Mark Ossolinski, American Institutes for Research
Sarah Marie Hein, American Institutes for Research
Zoe Padgett, American Institutes for Research
Ruth Raim, American Institutes for Research
Jijun Zhang, American Institutes for Research