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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 Book on Payoff from College Completion

Malcolm Getz at Vanderbilt has published a new book on payoffs from different kinds of colleges from the perspective of labor market returns for various careers. He provides what average earnings are in a variety of occupations and links these to colleges including community colleges. He analyzes whether it pays off to go to expensive private colleges compared to low cost publics. He also includes what one purchases from tuition after a student attends various types of colleges. I like his rare inclusion of the difference between tuition prices and the numerous discounts private schools offer.
Overall, this is the best consumer oriented fiscal analysis I have seen. It is directed at parents and students, not institutions or policy wonks. The book is Investing in College: A Guide for the Perplexed by Harvard University Press.

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