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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.

What Is the p-16 field?

The more I talk with people in the domain of this blog, the more confusing it is about how to specify and bound the "field of k-16'. Most of us have do not much focus upon preschool or elementary grades. Few people I meet discuss changing how college courses are taught that are not developmental -eg more use of technology and less lectures. One way to start thinking about this is to look at the University of Georgia website , go to and then go to " Office of p-16. UGA has one of the oldest and most ambitous p-16, and has a working definition. But it is not complete, and does not align with the focus of this blog. UGA features teacher education- a focus that is not covered by this blog.
If there is no conceptual agreement on our field then it is difficult to organize a professional network. Who should be invited to a meeting to set up an organization and communication system? More on this next blog.


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