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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.

Historically Black Colleges Lack Resources in Maryland

The Baltimore Sun has published a report by the Maryland legislature that 4 year historically black colleges are underfunded and cannot provide sufficient student instruction and services. Science and tech labs are inadequate at Bowie ,Coppin, Morgan, and U Md- Eastern Shore. Graduation rates are 30% below Towson University. But SAT scores are also low at about 815. More money is needed for academic advising and remedial work.
Fewer than a third of black men who enter any 4 year college graduate within 6 years-see Chronicle of Higher Education-Oct 10, page A23.The Md report begins to explore some of the many reasons. Policy focus is on affirmative action in selective colleges, but the vast majority of black students attend broad access 4 year colleges.

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