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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.

Guide to International Comparisons in Postsecondary Education

The American Council on Education has published a unique guide to understanding the status of USA postsecondary education compared to other developed countries. It is a laypersons guide called Apples and Oranges in a Flat World at, specify item 311576. Yes, the US has slipped from first to seventh in college completion anong young adults in recent years compared to several countries.But some countries count completion as a vocational certificate,and the US includes only associate degrees that ordinarily take 2 years. So, the guide helps sort through these structural and conceptual differences that make international comparisons a risky business.
The overall outcome, however, is a US that is flat in terms of college attainment, while most other countires are increasing and closing the gap with us. For example, the number of bachelors degrees in science and technology in the US is increasing, but not keeping pace with gains in most other countries.

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