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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.

Inequity at Nations Flagship Public Universities

In 2006 the Education Trust published an analysis of the 50 flagship public univerisites and using a variety of indicators concluded they looked more like "gated communities". Low income students declined, financial aid was focused on merit aid, colege completion rates were lagging for minority and low income students, and most univerisites were getting worse on equity indicators. The most common grade on 7 indicators of equity was F. A few schools like Berkeley and Wyoming got a C.
I wonder what has happened in the period 2006-2008. Merit aid seems to have been steady, but there is more policy talk about the equity issue. Hopefully, this report at will be updated.

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