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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.

College Completion Depends More on Finacial Aid or Preparation?

A new study of college retention relationships suggests that for low income students academic success has a very important impact on college persistence and attainment, and is more important than increasing financial aid. The study at the University of Nevada Reno is one case and hardly conclusive as published in the January 21, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education ; http://chronicle.com/. BUT IT IS INTERESTING BECAUSE OTHER STUDIES SUGGEST GIVING MORE FINANCIAL AID IS THE PRIORITY COMPARED TO MORE ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES for low income students.
The the real issue is that there are numerous factors that cause college success and completion. Take a look at the site at the top right of this blog to see the bigger picture :http://mycollegepuzzle.com/ .

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