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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.

Up, Up and AWAY! College Prices Keep Soaring.

The College Board just reported that the average price for a college education once again rose faster than the inflation rate this year, particularly at public four-year institutions.

According to the College Board's annual tuition survey, the increase in tuition and fees this year at the nation's public four-year institutions sustained the trend that has persisted for three decades. The College Board's tuition survey, "Trends in College Pricing," and the survey on financial aid, "Trends in Student Aid," are both available on its website.

Importantly, no one who is considering attending college should do so without a clear understanding of the financial implications. Too many students – prospective or existing—suffer not only sticker shock AFTER they’ve committed, but angst with the whole process of securing aid and making timely payments.

A student cannot be college-ready, if they are not ready financially. We offer prospective students very basic, yet helpful tools at our partner website -- MyCollegePuzzle.

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