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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.

More on College Comparison Websites

My second review is the US Education Departments College navigator site www.nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator. It has data on 7,ooo public and private institutions using 16 criteria that cover many aspects of colleges including the setting, security, and major foci. The pop up boxes are useful on clarifying the terms and concepts included.
The site has so much information that it is difficult to use if students do not know what they are looking for, and are undecided about whether they should go to college at all. Moreover, it does not caution students enough concerning the time and study requirements ,if the student is working and has family obligations. Navigator is best for students who have some specific ideas about going to college.
Another website http://www.mycollegepuzzle.com/ shown at the top right of this blog is for the other end of the spectrum-broad access postsecondary education for students who are less clear on their choices ,and the demands of college success and college preparation. This site encourages prospective college students to consider several different factors and elements that could influence their individual college outcome. I plan to commenting on each of the elements or pieces of the college puzzle in future posts.

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