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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.

Public Blames Students for Not completing College

Higher Educations' charmed life continues because 86% of the public blames the student or the high school for college dropouts which are as high as 75% in community college and over 50% at some 4 year colleges. College is like the military says the public and should not be easy. And despite excalating tuition, the public believes the burden is on the student to make sacrifices and be more disciplined. So, the colleges can escape accountability and feel little pressure to improve instruction or student services from an uninformed public.
Pat Callan and John Immerwahr expolore this issue in the January 11, article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, . They wonder how long the pubilcs "good will' will last, given a gradual erosion in public support. But unless there is more understanding of the issues in this blog, not much will change soon given the general level of satisfaction with higher education.

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