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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.

Early College High School:# 2

osdcmuiMy last blog covered some of the basics of ECHS, but these schools are interesting in so many dimensions as examples of k-16 collaboration. Some ECHS are linked to major universities like Stanford, and others to community colleges. So the college courses they take in high school vary from applied vocational to introductory psychology. Everyone knows about AP for top students, but few know the potential that middle of the class students have to complete college work with the right academic and social support. The idea that students must stay in a high school building until they are 18 is dated, but often it is only the very best students who get a chance to experience college and improve their academic preparation.
One of the best ways to learn about college standards is to take a college course, so ECHS can help send clearer signals to first generation college students. But some college lecture courses may be taught using less interesting pedagogy than high school teachers use.

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