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"Education, workforce and literacy: An alliance for excellent education" is a podcast interview with Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia and President of the Alliance for Excellent Education. Wise highlights the impediments to a successful transition from K-12 to postsecondary education, the three A’s: academic preparation, asset preparation, and attitude preparation. He further comments on how reformation of the student financial aid system and the implementation of the Common Core can help students in these three ‘preparation’ areas. Emphasizing that equitable education for all students is more than a moral issue, but an economic issue, Wise asserts that our current system of education is not adequate to educate all at an appropriate level. The alliance promotes the use of competency-based education and a blurring of the lines between K-12 and higher education. Wise also emphasizes the importance of literacy as priority not just in primary grades, but through all of K-12 to adequately prepare students for postsecondary education and the workforce.

Interview facilitation, commentary and discussion presented by Kathryn Dodge, Alison Griffin, and Elise Scanlon of Radio Higher Ed.

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Copyright © 2013 Radio Higher Ed . All Rights Reserved. Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network.

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Major impediments to graduating students ready for college and career (1:42)

RadioHigherEd013F002.mp3 (783 kB)
Challenges for transitions between K-12 and postsecondary education (1:05)

RadioHigherEd013F003.mp3 (1419 kB)
Student financial aid, or ‘asset preparation (1:59)

RadioHigherEd013F004.mp3 (2165 kB)
Implementation of the Common Core (3:03)

RadioHigherEd013F005.mp3 (2599 kB)
America’s challenge to educate students of color and low-income students (3:40)

RadioHigherEd013F006.mp3 (2508 kB)
Who are ‘properly educated students’ and what is their impact on the economy? (3:32)

RadioHigherEd013F008.mp3 (2932 kB)
Relationship between education and the workforce (6:22)

RadioHigherEd013F008.mp3 (2932 kB)
How do we ensure proficiency in reading for all Americans? (4:09)

RadioHigherEd013F009.mp3 (4024 kB)
The evolution of perspectives in education reform (5:42)

RadioHigherEd013F010.mp3 (794 kB)
Influence of Tae Kwon Do on professional life (1:06)

RadioHigherEd013F011.mp3 (2278 kB)
What issue or concern would you raise with President Obama? (3:13)

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Analysis and Commentary (23:40)