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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.

Promising Secondary School Strategies for College Success

A report by the American Youth Policy Forum, The College Ladder,, evaluated various interventions and prorams for college success for at risk students who go on to college. The data base is limited , and most studies AYPF reviewed were not randomized control based designs. But they concluded that 4 strategies merit more widescale implementation and evaluation
caring secondary adult advisors that provide intensive support for college going
high school academic assisstance and tutoring support that is continued by colleges
College success classses in high school that cover topics like time managemnt, study skills , and expectations of college courses
safe enviornment and peer support networks, students meet as a group and work with a faculty adviser and share knowledge on college transition
Programs like Avid in California encompass many of these strategies and report increases in college completion.

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