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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.

Finally, Study on What Works To Enhance College Readiness

Many researchers have suspected that dual enrollment programs where high school students take college courses will enhance college readiness and completion. Now we have a Columbia University longitudinal study in Florida and New York that shows positve effects from dual enrollment that helps students complete high school, enroll full time in postsecondary education, and improved probabilities of college completion. Former dual enrollment students have higher grade point averages in college than similar students without dual enrollment experience.
I have written about CUNY's dual enrollment programs and the study found more positve outcomes if students took more than one dual enrollment course. In Florida , dual enrollment had a much greater positve effect on college success for low income students with poor grades.
You can find the study at

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