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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.

Dual Enrollment Grows In Washington

Washington state began an aggressive program in 1990 to have high school students earn credit at community college while enrolled in high school. This is called " Running Start" dual enrollment, and costs only $7 million dollars a year. It now reaches 17,ooo high school students, and saves on college tuition because students finish college earlier. The program reaches students not normally enrolled in AP. Many students say they are tired of the high school mentality and want to move on earlier. Running Start enrollment is 7% of the Seattle Community Colleges enrollment.
A big unkown issue is whether Running Start and dual enrollment enhances the probability of college sucess and college completion. Teachers College at Columbia is funding a randomized experiment to find this out for the City University of New York. This entire policy area of dual enrollment needs to move from promising to proven approach. Other than cost savings we still do not know much about the benefits of Running Start.

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