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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.

Acheive the College Dream Expands to 83 Community Colleges

The Lumina foundation continues its committment to new programs for college success and college completion- http://www.achievingthedream.org/ This impressive effort has different approaches throughout many states. It is primarily institution based rather than state systemic refom. But a new publication is on the website about a framework for state policies to support student success from a conference of fifteeen state policy teams. It also has a state data network.
Achieving the dream is now moving to state policy implications derived from the many local innovations to turn access into success.

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