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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 Ideal State Postsecondary Data System

The state higher education executive officers {SHEEO} has published the best guide yet on how to design a postsecondary education system so that it links to k12 , and follows students through college. The 15 categories and functions are organized into four broad categories
-student data, course data, operational characteristics, and data governance
SHEOO provides crucial information elements for college persistence and college completion. It tracks students as they swirl from one college to another. See for yourself at www.sheoo.org

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