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Dr. Michael W. Kirst

Michael W. Kirst is Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at Stanford University since 1969.
Dr. Kirst received his Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard. Before joining the Stanford University faculty, Dr. Kirst held several positions with the federal government, including Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment and Poverty. He was a former president of the California State Board of Education. His book From High School to College with Andrea Venezia was published by Jossey Bass in 2004.

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My blog discusses the important and complex subjects of college completion, college success, student risk factors (for failing), college readiness, and academic preparation. I will explore the pieces of the college puzzle that heavily influence, if not determine, college success rates.

Best and most comprehensive college readiness paper EVER

David Conley of the University of Oregon has published a new conceptual paper on college readiness for the Gates Foundation.

He uses major facets- habits of mind, academic knowledge and skills and academic behaviors.
  • Habits of mind include intellectual openness, inquisitiveness, analysis, reasoning etc.
  • Academic knowledge and skills include writing research, and subject matters like math.
  • Academic behaviors include study skills, time management, note taking etc., and contextual skills include concepts that embody college knowledge like admissions and financial aid information.

Each of these facets is covered in depth with specific examples.

A key finding is how an expansive definition of college readiness greatly enhances the possibility of college completion.

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