The presidential candidates on education: Stanford experts analyze the details

October 29, 2012

What would a Romney or Obama presidency mean for schools and universities? At Stanford's Education and Society Theme dorm recently, Hoover Fellow Eric Hanushek and School of Education Professor Emeritus Michael Kirst waded through the candidates' proposals.

Education briefly took center stage at the second presidential debate, with Republican candidate Mitt Romney and Democratic President Barack Obama trading jabs over school budgets and teaching jobs. And with debates about college tuition, K-12 funding, teachers unions and a swarm of other issues still raging, there's no question that education issues will fill the plate of whichever candidate wins the Oval Office.

Kirst's College Puzzle Blog is Top 100 Sites by and for Master's and PhD Candidates

October 17, 2012

Online Ph.D. made the Top 100 Sites by and for Master’s and PhD Candidates to showcase the academic challenges and successes of Master's and PhD candidates who have decided to share their stories online, in the hopes that future students in these fields will take inspiration from the work of those that came before them.

College Puzzle Blog by Michael Kirst is dedicated to help students succeed through higher education. Blog topics cover areas such as: how to prepare students for higher education, how online education can be beneficial for certain students, and more. It’s chosen as one of the Top 100 Sites by and for Master’s and PhD Candidates

Sweeping Reforms Ahead, Says New Education Board Member

January 06, 2011

Newly appointed state Board of Education member Michael Kirst, an emeritus professor of business administration and education at Stanford University, who served on the state board during Gov. Jerry Brown's first administration, said in a phone interview that he is gearing up for a busy three-year term. Among his top priorities: shifting the way schools are allowed to spend their money and overhauling the state's student testing system.

Micheal Kirst has been appointed to State Board of Education

January 05, 2011

Dr. Michael Kirst, of Stanford, has been appointed to the California State Board of Education. He currently serves as a Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, where he has taught since 1969. Previously, Kirst served on the California State Board of Education under Governor Brown from 1975 to 1982. Kirst also served as the Director of Program Planning for the U.S. Office of Education and was Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment, and Poverty from 1967 to 1969.

Poll: Education backed, but not new school taxes

December 07, 2010

The public verdict is in and overwhelming: The better the education people get, the stronger the U.S. economy will be, a poll shows. But don't count on folks to support higher taxes to improve schools. Eighty-eight percent say a country's education system has a major effect on its economic health. Nearly as many — 79 percent — say the U.S. economy would improve if all Americans had at least a two-year college degree, according to an Associated Press-Stanford University poll.

Kirst on the opportunities and challenges facing community colleges

October 21, 2010

After decades of flying under the radar, America's community colleges are moving to the front and center of national efforts to improve education.
Private foundations are launching major initiatives to strengthen community colleges across the country – including a $35 million competitive grant program recently announced by the Gates Foundation.