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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 System to Measure College Success

An unkown number of public 4 year institutions have agreed on a voluntary sytem to provide comparative data on: students and families, college student experiences/ perceptions, and student learning outcomes. The new effort is called "College Portrait" and includes some big name systems including Calififornia State University, University of Wisconsin system and University of North Carolina system. These institutions will report to the public on NSSE student surveys as well as an outcome measure like the College Learning Assessment for seniors. But it is unclear how many participants will use the same student learning measure since there are options. Perhaps Secretary Spellings commision had something to do with galvanzing such an open reporting system. In the past, most colleges have kept their assessments of student opinions and outcomes confidential.
This is a very interesting and promising development that hopefully will grow. The University of California system has refused to participate because of the learning assessment test. Moreover, College Portrait will use a six year graduation mesasure which is controversial because many students take longer than six years to complete college.

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