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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.

New Study by California State University on community college completion in California

The Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy has released a new publication, Beyond the Open Door: Increasing Student Success in the California Community Colleges. This report is one of two technical reports that describe in more detail the analyses summarized in the policy brief, Rules of the Game, released earlier this year. Following a comprehensive review of the literature to identify probable factors in student success, the report describes analyses of success and completion among California community college students, identifies student characteristics and patterns of enrollment that are related to higher levels of success and
completion, and offers broad outlines of new policy directions aimed at increasing student success. The report includes a qualitative analysis of the system's assessment and placement process. Another Institute report, due for release this fall, contains a comprehensive analysis of community college finance policy and offers suggestions on how state finance policies could be reformed to increase student success.

The Executive Summary and the full report (which includes the identical Executive Summary) can be viewed on the Institute's website at <


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