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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.

AAUW Report on Male College Performance Requires Critical Reading

I have waited to report on the new AAUW report "Where the Girls Are"- until I read more about it. The report has been very controversial in downplaying the male gap in college completion-58% female versus 42% male.The male gap is 2 to 1 in favor of females for black and hispanic students. AAUW is correct in stating this should not be framed as a win lose game, and lead to policies that favor males in some form of affirmative action. But AAUW tries to make the issue go away by emphazing older students are a large part of the gap, and that SAT scores are similar among genders. What about the male students who go to broad access postsecondary and do not take SAT! Half the first year enrollment is in community colleges.
In 1970 there were 1.5 million more men in higher education than women,and AAUW was saying this was a crisis. Now there are 2.7 million more women than men and AAUW says there is no crisis.
Each person needs to sift all the evidence in this provacative report.


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