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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.

College Going Culture in Secondary Schools#2

The last blog had the key elements of a college culture. A new study by the Consortium on Chicago School Research found that in Chicago public schools only a third of the students went to a college matching their aspirations for a 4 year college. These students could have been accepted at a 4 year college ,but lacked information on how to apply or get financial aid. So they ended up at community colleges with much lower completion rates. The biggest factor in influencing whether they applied to a 4 year college-the college culture in the secondary school that they intended. Latino students had less college awareness than African Americans. Most students did not understand the difference between a 4 year and 2 year college.
Look at the elements of a good college climate in secondary school in the prior blog. Chicago needs much more attention to these.

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