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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.

New Remedial Approaches Can Increase College Completion

Placement in remedial courses does lower college completion rates, but new approaches are helping more remedial students with college success. Chabot College near Oakland, Ca. uses a learning community that keeps the same students together with the same teacher for three semesters including the first levels of credit courses that transfer to universities. Students who enter remediation ask when they read : What am I looking for? What should I focus on? They help each other and form a close bond with the teacher. Many of these students lack confidence in their own abilities. Chabot also provides a paired course in a subject matter area like history for these same students. This helps students grapple with big questions in a disciplne as well as reading techniques.
To find out more email She has some evaluation results that show more progress for these students, but still a large majority do not persist in college.

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