More on STEM

I like this information sheet from onlineengineeringdegree.com.  As a former Computer Science student, I have some major unresolved issues with STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) courses.  I found that my program catered to people who already had a strong foundation in technology – i.e., not me.  Most of the professors were unfriendly or at least uncaring about how the undergraduates in their class were doing.  I had one professor who said that he wanted 10% of the class to drop out by the end of the semester – to this day, I don’t know if he was joking (and if he was joking, it wasn’t very funny).  The CS program I was in trained people for academic jobs and very advanced commercial jobs, but I felt completely unprepared for regular technical job interviews.  I also didn’t like that some STEM classes were graded so much harder than others – in some classes the average was a B or even a C – and so really don’t look good on your transcript.  In one class the average midterm grade was in the 40s, and we didn’t know how it was going to be curved till we got our report cards – scary!  I think part of the problem is that I am naturally a liberal arts person and not a math/science person, but STEM classes in general are not very welcoming.
STEM Shortage
Created by: Online Engineering Degree


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