Kirst Co-Authors Book on the Connections and Conflicts between Higher Education and Silicon Valley

Michael Kirst
September 2017

Michael Kirst, professor emeritus of education at Stanford and current president of the California State Board of Education, coauthored a new book, Higher Education and Silicon Valley: Connected but Conflicted. In an interview, he and co-author William Richard Scott described some of the trends they found while examining 45 years of higher education in the Bay Area and 350 postsecondary organizations in the Bay Area. Kirst and Scott discuss the relationship between higher education and the tech industry and the ways in which colleges endeavor to meet the needs of a rapidly changing economy, but are failing to do so for a number of different reasons and the writers conclude with suggestions for improvements at the state level and with recommendations to better align the two worlds.