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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.

Policy Alignment to Enhance College Completion

WICHE is the accreditation agency for postsecondary education in the Western USA. It is led by David Longanecker who was Assistant Secretary of Education for the Clinton Administration. WICHE does a lot more than accredit colleges, and has significant policy analytical capability in the k-16 area
Their new report is particularly useful for thinking about systemic policy to improve college completion and readiness. It is called Thinking Outside the Box: Policy Strategies for Readiness, Access, and Success. These policy goals are examined in light of four policy tools: finance,regulation, accountability , and governance. Go to Changing for this useful report

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