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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.

Secretary Spellings Index on Educational Indicators

In a September 15 press release Secretary Spellings noted that 4 year college completion among adults 25-34 inched forward by 2% from 2000 to 2007. This is a slow pace, and many other nations have surpassed our rate of 31% in the past decade. Some surveys have 9 nations ahead of us and others 15. Until recently the USA lead the world in college completion rates, in part because of our high level of female attainment.

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