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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.

Expanding Career Technical Education Pathways to Postsecondary Education

A new report by ConnectEd in Berkeley, Ca. provides a blueprint for states and districts that want high quality secondary school technical education programs that provide access to both career preparation and 2 or 4 year degrees. This is not your fathers old vocational ed, but rather links to major industry sectors like Tourism, Marketing, Building Design and Engineering. Each pathway has a challenging academic component, a demanding technical component, a work based learning component, and supplemental services.
The concepts are good , but it will be hard for schools to implement this without state funding and leadership. Few states have the capacity to do this, but after reading the report perhaps more will get started. Go to, and look for Expanding Pathways.


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