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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.

Four Strategies to Increase College Success and Completion

Jobs for the Future in Boston has summarized the key findings of a October conference with 500 leaders on transition from secondary school to broad access colleges
* Create multiple pathways that enable all students to graduate high school prepared for college and work
*Incorporate college-level leraning experiences into the high school years.
*Restructure developmental course sequences and upgrade student supports
* Strategic management of institutional spending in expanded capacity and improved student learning.
JFF has a strong focus on out of school youth and very low acheiving students. To see the details on these four strategies, go to the website.

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