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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.

College Success is More than College Completion

Professor John Braxton at Vanderbilt has reframed the discussion about college success. He examined thousands of references to the words college success and found no consistent defintion. So he has provided eight dimensions of college success that expand the defintion well beyond college completion. These dimensions are: academic attainment, aquisition of general education, development of academic competence, development of intellectual dispositions, employment after graduation, preparation for adulthood and citizenship, extracurricular accomplishments, and personal development. he defines each of these at nces.ed.gov/npec/symposium.asp
College success like college readiness are important concepts that are undergoing much deeper thought than in the past. Right now these are vague slogans that mean very different things to different people. While I think Braxton's defintions are too expansive, he has made a major contribution in the discussion.

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