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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.

Link Between Community College Engagement and College Completion

Kevin Carey of Education Sector has presented a good summary of University of Texas research that links student engagement with higher grades and college completion- http://www.educationsector.org/; "Deal or No Deal". Engagement studies focus on how often students make in class presentations, prepare two or more drafts of assignments, and work on papers that require integration of ideas and information. Higher engagement in classes helps overcome weak academic preparation for community colleges. These are nationwide studies from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement http://www.ccsse.org/.

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