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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.

Makes Far Behind Females In College Preparation And Completion

Last year females attained 58% of 4year college degrees and males 42%- the ratios for african american and latino females are more than 2 to 1.The causes are unknown and under researched. We have indicators but scant hard evidence. One symptom was released thursday by the National Assessment- NAEP. 41% of the eigth grade girls compared to 20 % of the boys were proficient in writing ! Can this be explained by patterns of instructional interactions between teachers and boys? I doubt it.
One glimmer of a solution was reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education on Oct 17, 2007. Male students who take college courses in high school were more likely to go to college and complete college then other similar male students.

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