ERIC Number: ED382857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Human Resources Competitiveness Profile.
Council on Competitiveness, Washington, DC.
This report distills hundreds of indicators from both domestic and international sources to determine how the United States compares to other countries and to its own past performance in competitiveness. It attempts to establish a baseline of some key education and training indicators that, taken together, show where the nation stands and where it is going. The report looks at trends in the United States and compares them to those in other countries. In doing so, it emphasizes a lifecycle approach to human resource issues, divided into four stages: (1) family and early childhood; (2) primary and secondary school education; (3) university education; and (4) training. Highlights are as follows: the U.S. teen pregnancy rates are rising; the nation ranks at the bottom of the industrialized world in many critical infant health indicators, including infant mortality and low birthweight babies; child poverty is three times higher than in other western countries; U.S. students rank low in science and math; costs of a college degree have risen dramatically; a smaller proportion of U.S. students pursue science and engineering; and U.S. high school graduates receive a fraction of the training their counterparts receive in Germany, France, and Japan, and older workers in Japan receive 3-5 times as much training as U.S. workers. These encouraging signs are noted: the nation's high school dropout rate is declining; U.S. students are strong in reading; the U.S. population received the most schooling; and U.S. universities continue to attract foreign students. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Comparative Analysis, Competition, Developed Nations, Educational Status Comparison, Elementary Secondary Education, Global Approach, Higher Education, Human Resources, International Trade, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Authoring Institution: Council on Competitiveness, Washington, DC.