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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.

Community College Students Really Are Different

According to NCES data bases community college students are distinctive. 43% have income below $30,000 compared to 34% in 4 year publics and 32% in not for profit 4 year private. 66% are part time compared to 30% and 27%. 33% have dependent children compared to 13% and 27%.
Yet community college students get the least financial aid of all sectors because there living expenses are not covered. There is too much focus on lower communtity college fees ,and not enough on how these students can meet room and board through living off campus. No wonder community college completion rates are low.

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