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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.

National Survey Reveals Most Schools Do Not Provide Enough College Information

A new survey by the National Center For Education Statistics found that Only a third of parents thought their childs secondary school did "very well" in providing information to help with postsecondary education planning. Over a quarter of parents felt their schools provided "no information at all". The best information was provided to students in 11 or 12th grades, USA born parents, private school students ,and earned mostly A"S. So the lack of clear signals about college is still not reaching most students who attend broad access postsecondary education. See for yourself at http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2008/2008079.pdf.

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