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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.

Higher Ed: College Readiness

What factors show that a student is ready for college? Good grades? High test scores? A killer application and essay? Or, are more intangible qualities better indicators of college success? In this week's episode of KUT's podcast Higher Ed, KUT's Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burgerdiscuss what makes a high school student ready for higher ed.

A listener wrote in and wanted to hear Ed's take on what makes a student ready for college. She wondered if there are certain skills, behaviors or mindsets that better prepare someone for college or if everyone is potentially college-ready. Click here for Ed's take on what qualities make for a strong college student and what he thinks is essential to college success. You will also hear the punch lines from last episode's math jokes, courtesy of some funny fourth-graders.

This episode was recorded on April 19, 2017.

For all of the Higher Ed episodes, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here.

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