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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.

AVID Continures to Provide College Preparation

Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) is a college preparation program for students in the middle achievement range who are low income. It was developed in 1980 and now includes 2,300 schools in 40 states and 15 countries. Some states like Ca. provide state funds to support it. AVID began as an add on program to middle and high schools but under it recent director has expanded to a whole school focus. It has several required components for particpating schools.
Like most college prep programs we have no randomized trials , but AVID has a well designed longitudinal study of positive college success and completion by former West Ed researcher Larry F. Guthrie. Seventy seven percent of Avid grads enroll in 4 year colleges. It is well worth checking out at

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