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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.

Road Map For Secondary School and College Alignment

Achieve has published an outstanding guide for states aligning high school curiculum and standards with college standards- It is entitled Aligning High School Graduation With the Real World, and specifies 18 steps that must be completed. It covers the key parameters, accountability, incentives,implementation, building support, and communication. I have never seen anything this logical or systemic. Some parts are too brief in this 29 page document such as professional development for secondary school teachers. But all the key elements are here, and it highlights that numerous interconnected actions must be created to make college preparation and college completion likeley. I wish there had been some estimates of state costs for following this road map.

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