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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.

Rethinking student Aid Report Is Comprehensive and Correct

Two of the nations leading experts on college student aid have a new report suggests big changes and not just tinkering around the edges. Sandy Baum of the College Board and Michael McPherson of Spencer Foundation attack the roots of our current aid limitations. They want to get rid of the complex Fafsa application, combine a confusing host of current grant programs, provide subsides during loan repayments, create savings accounts for college through government funds, and create a tax credit that includes living costs. There is much more covered than these ideas- well worth the time of people who want a major overhaul fo financial aid.
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