Small class sizes reduce performance gaps in STEM

Grad student Stepfanie Aguillon co-authored a new paper with collaborators from multiple institutions (led by former Cornell EEB postdoc Dr. Cissy Ballen) looking at the influence of class size on performance of women and underrepresented minority (URM) students in STEM classes. They found that small class sizes reduce gaps in performance between men and women, but not between URM and non-URM students. As class sizes didn’t influence all students in the same way, it seems that other characteristics of the learning environment may also influence performance. 
 

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