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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 CultureIn Secondary Schools #3

The last two blogs cover key concepts and issues. Now I have a guide for what secondary schools can do about improving college culture designed by the Center for Educational Outreach at UC- Berkeley-http://outreach.berkeley.edu- look at Realizing the college dream. There is a teacher and school advisory guide that has a step by step implementation plan and specific actions schools can implement.It includes college information and instructional strategies.It includes questionaires and worksheets for students., as well as school check lists to make sure they have covered the key steps.

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