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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.

Where Does the College Money Go??

As someone who has a long history in k-12 school finance, I am amazed how little we know by contrast in postsecondary internal allocation of resources. It is a virtual blackbox compared to k-12 where we know what each school site does to a considerable extent. Some glimmers of light on postsecondary spending are coming from the Delta Cost Project sponsored by Lumina. But all they do is analyze how little is spent on direct instruction compared to "other education costs" and " non-ed costs". How much goes to student services for developmental ed students? How much is for counselors?
Within instruction, what are the true costs of remediation? How much is spent on college persistence and completion assistance? We have no idea!
So the Delta project needs to be a start on a much deeper analysis that is linked to educational outcomes as well as high priority services for disadvantages students in broad access postsecondary.

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