organized, motivated high school students who have demonstrated their ability to master advanced subjects are more likely to succeed as STEM majors than others who have not demonstrated that academic ability or who, though they may be talented and score well on aptitude tests, are disorganized or who do not think they would be happy remaining in science. Imagine that!STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. I strongly suspect that this applies to other majors as well. How do we find such successful students?
"So if colleges want to know who will succeed in college STEM programs," she added, "they should be looking at the AP test scores, not just registration for an AP class."In academia sometimes the best research is simply a penetrating glimpse into the obvious.
Did colleges really not already know this?