ERIC Number: EJ928229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: N/A
American Higher Education: "First in the World"
Kanter, Martha J.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v43 n3 p7-19 2011
Currently, 42 percent of Americans in the 25-34 age range hold a degree from a two- or four-year institution of higher education. At one time, that proportion was high enough to make the United States the best-educated country in the world. But in one generation, America's educational attainment has held steady while in other countries it has continued to climb. The United States is now tied for ninth in the world, according to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)'s "Education-At-A-Glance: 2010" report. President Obama has asked colleges and universities to help the US retake the lead by increasing that figure to 60 percent within the decade. There are signs that America now has the will and the focus to reverse these trends and regain its position of educational leadership in the world. Never before have Americans from all walks of life been more convinced that high-quality advanced education is the key to individual and national success, or shared as deep a consensus about the need to build a world-class "cradle-to-career" education system. Today, America's local, state, and national higher education stakeholders are just beginning to develop the traction needed to achieve the 2020 goal by dramatically improving higher education access, quality, and completion. They have identified models that keep college tuition in reach of the middle class and increase productivity while reducing costs. But the need for more research and development in education is critical, because there is now a tangible goal, a concrete timeframe in which to achieve it, and many promising models on which to build. (Contains 8 charts and 20 resources.)
Descriptors: Productivity, Higher Education, Research and Development, Educational Attainment, Foreign Countries, Tuition, Access to Education, Student Costs, Achievement Gap, Academic Achievement, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Indicators, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Competition
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States