Brock-authored report highlights barriers faced by mature women learners in STEM fields
Brock University professor Liette Vasseur and master’s student Heather Van Volkenburg have authored a Canadian Commission for UNESCO report on women’s non-linear pathways in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The May 2018 report indicates that the number of mature students entering Canadian universities is increasing. However, various barriers (e.g. admission criteria, limited supports) and discrimination disproportionally affect mature women pursuing degrees in STEM. The report provides several recommendations that institutions can implement to attract and support mature women students, particularly in the STEM fields.