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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.

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Lumina Foundation has a periodic email blast that is filled with useful information on college preparation and completion. See sample below:
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The Iron Triangle: College Presidents Talk About Costs, Access and Quality

Cost, quality and access have a reciprocal relationship, contend college presidents in a report from the National Center for Public Policy in Higher Education. This publication examines the views of more than 30 college presidents and highlights the gap in perceptions between the public/business sector and college presidents. More »

Related Topics: 2008, Accountability, College Access, College Costs, Institutional Quality, Research
Tuition Equity Legislation: Investing in Colorado High School Graduates Through Equal Opportunity to Postsecondary Education

Each year, 65,000 students who graduate from U.S. high schools share something in common: They are among undocumented students from immigrant families who cannot afford to pay nonresident or out-of-state tuition and fees for college. This publication from the Higher Education Access Alliance calls on Colorado lawmakers to prohibit discrimination against undocumented students by modifying the state's ban on public benefits to include a higher education exception. More »

Related Topics: 2008, College Access, Research, Undocumented Immigrant Students
High Expectations, High Support

Many community college students say their coursework is challenging, but evidence suggests institutions can do more to promote student success. Findings from this publication, the 2008 Community College Survey of Student Engagement, show that 67 percent of full-time students spend 10 or fewer hours preparing for class in an average week. Similarly, 39 percent of students say peer or other tutoring is "very important," but only 7 percent say they often use tutors. More »

Related Topics: 2008, Community Colleges, Engagement, Raw Data, Research
Trends in College Pricing 2008

This report provides detailed, updated information on prices for tuition and fees and room and board at colleges and universities in the United States, as well as other expenses postsecondary students incur. In addition, it includes information on enrollment patterns, other aspects of higher education finance, and the net prices students pay after taking grant aid into consideration. More »

Related Topics: 2008, College Board, College Costs, College Pricing, Raw Data, Research

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