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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.

Achieve Spreads to California :It's 31st State

Achieve has now entered the largest state to help with alignment of secondary and postsecondary standards and assessments-www.achieve.org. But it will not be easy in California to make headway because the three higher education systems are so separate and business support is shallow. Achieve's best success has been in states like Indiana and Kentucky where there is some overall state leadership in higher education. California ia the reverse with three stove pipe sytems, community colleges, Cal State and University of California.
Achieve has some excellent publications and knows what it is doing, but getting leverage on higher education has been difficult. Achieve stresses placement tests and revising secondary school course content, not just statewide declarations about standards alignment.

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