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In their lively and entertaining weekly discussion of issues related to higher education, KUT’s Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger explore the topics of higher education, lifelong learning, and exercising the brain. Ed and Jennifer practice what they preach, too, by introducing math puzzlers and brain teasers to keep listeners on their toes.

Best of 'Higher Ed': Choosing a College

What does Spring mean? The weather turns warmer. Flowers bloom. Taxes are due. And for students pursuing an education beyond high school, it's time to make a big decision: where to go to college. It can be a stressful but also exciting time in a student's academic career. In this "Best of" episode of KUT's podcast Higher Ed, Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger discuss how students can determine if a college is the right place for them.

Before the internet, students would wade through brochures and course catalogs, and maybe visit some campuses, trying to see which colleges might be a good match. Now, almost anything anyone might want to know about a school is available online. But what about the intangibles? This week, Ed and Jennifer navigate that tricky matrix of choosing where to attend college. Ed has tips on knowing if an institution can deliver on its educational promises.  Course offerings? Student to faculty ratio? Click hereto find out what to look for when making a college selection. And the math puzzler gets ready to go fishing this week.

This episode was taped on March 25, 2015.

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Jennifer Stayton is the local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" on KUT. Got a tip? Email her at Follow her on X @jenstayton.