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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.

Another Estimate Of College Remdiation Cost Is Too Low

In my last blog , I covered the Pacific Research Institue estimate that college remediation costs California 3.9 billion annually. Bob Wise in his new book, Raising the Grade, estimates 3.7 billion annually for the entire country-1.4 billion in direct education costs, and 2.3 billion in economic losses. Wise must be too low becasue he uses the NCES 2004 estimate of 42% remediation in community colleges that is the most widely cited source. But Cliff Adelman in his book Answers in the Toolbox demonstrated through student transcript data that community college remediation is 61%. This figure is out of date and is probably closer to 70%. So, we have no good estimate of remdiation costs, and NCES should provide better data soon.


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