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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.

Student Loans May Be Part of Bailout

HigheredWatch reports that Paulson put student loans into the bailout bill in the last few days. Many reports have come to my attention about student loan credit squeezes and private lenders in fiscal difficulty. So watch for whether a bailout happens and who gets the money. Is it some of the same lenders who exploited the interest rate loopholes in the past decade?

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