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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.

Limits of Web Sources on Comparative College Information for Students

There are a number of websites that designed to help students compare colleges , but they all have serious limitations. It is hard to provide everything in a single website , so students need to use several. My first review is "The University and College Accountability Network"-www.ucan-network.org. This is provided by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and has 6oo colleges.
It has good graphics and data on SAT scores and ethnicity of students. But it is basically restatements of PR from the colleges own websites, with little about job placement and real campus life.
This website is mostly for selective colleges. Our website www.mycollegepuzzle.com at the top right of this blog is for the other end of the spectrum-broad access postsecondary education. Click on it to see the difference concerning college preparation and needed elements for college success

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