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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.

GED Not A Ticket To Higher Education

Florida has the best k-20 data in the country. They can track students and adults through the system. Florida has followed the high school class of 1996 until 2007. 69% of the 1996 high school grads ended up with only a high school degree, and 13% a BA. Not an impressive performance.
What seemed new was Florida"s analysis of what happened to students with a GED who exited high school without a diploma , but perisited and got a GED. 94% of GED holders never got anything more than that- no certificate or any completion of postsecondary education. So the GED is not a good vehicle for college completion , and has no legs.

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