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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.

The Role of College Counseling in College Opportunity

A useful and incisive article on high school counseling is by Laura W. Perna et. al in The Review of Higher Education, Winter 2008 , Volume 31. They conduct case studies in 3 high schools in 5 states concerning availability of counseling, what counselors do about college counseling , external influences such as the district, and policy implications. They urge simplifying college applications and financial aid, a district wide committment,and lament that other priorities than counseling take precedence at low resource schools. Teachers play a narrow role and counselors gear their activites to the average child.
Overall , it is not a positive picture concerning college knowledge of students except in Maryland.


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