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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.

Getting Into College Will Become Easier In Some States

Projections of High School Graduates show some big differences among states. Some states will decline and cause public and private colleges to lower admission standards. For example, in 2015 Iowa graduates will decline by 11%, Nebraska by 6%, NH by 10%, NY by 9%, Pa by 7%and Vermont by 23%. Many of these states have a good supply of colleges who will be scrambling to find students.
My concern is that this trend will send signals to students that they can get in easily , so do not need to study hard in high school. More colleges will become defacto open enrollment. This will lower college preparation and completion.
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