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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.

Immigrants Succeed At University of California

While immigrants struggle to complete their programs at broad access postsecondary education, the University of California 8 campus system reports 54% of their students were born outside the USA, or have at least one foreign born parent. UC has a graduation rate that exceeds 80%. UC- Berkeley has 64% of its students from an immigrant background. These immigrant students are more oriented towards careers in technology and business than the rest of UC students . European American students are the most dominant group in political science and psychology.
The contrast of UC with California community colleges is stark, because only 17% of Latinos in community college complete any program[ including vocational certificates ]after 6 years. High Schools seem to have two tracks, one that leads to honors/ AP and a selective college. Another track is general college prep which has a low probability of college completion and adequate college preparation. Remediation rates for all high school students are 56% at California State University system and 70% at community colleges.

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