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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.

Edweek Diploma Counts A Useful Information Source on P-16

The june 5 special issue of Diploma Counts by Edweek is the best overview of state p-16 councils in history! It has data on the 40 state councils and 3 outstanding case studies. I worked on all phases of this as an adviser to Edweeek and the result is outstanding from their writers. These councils are getting the right policymakers across p-16 to the table , and many are making some progress- but there is a long road ahead. Most councils lack adequate staff , and may not survive political turnover. But we have come a long way from a decade ago and the momentum is growing. My next blog will include a detailed op ed on the p-16 state concils from a historical perspective.
Do not miss the geographical GPS look at high school dropouts by Edweek in Diploma Counts. It includes a county and Congressional district specification.


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