US still falling behind
The United States continues to fall behind internationally in producing a college-educated workforce as other nations send more of their citizens to university. And in the very early years, many countries are now sending a much higher percentage of their kids to preschool than the United States.
Topic: International comparisons
What it means: The U.S. isn't keeping up with other nations' education gains
The data showing that other nations are investing more than the U.S. in both early childhood programs and advanced degrees comes from a new report released Tuesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The more than 500-page report analyzed the education systems of 46 nations and highlighted long-term trends from preschool to Ph.D. programs.
"The U.S. hasn't backslid, but other countries have made big gains," said OECD Education Director Andreas Schleicher, in a pre-publication briefing with journalists.
In the past, the U.S. ranked second in the world in the percentage of adults with some sort of college education, ranging from a post-high-school vocational degree to a Ph.D. Today, the U.S. has slipped to fifth position.
In several countries, nearly 60 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds have a college education. Korea tops the list, with nearly 70 percent of this age group earning a college degree, a huge increase from their older generation of 55- to 64-year-olds, among whom fewer than 20 percent have a college education.
41 percent of 3-year-olds and 66 percent of 4-year-olds are enrolled in preschools in the U.S., compared to more than 70 percent in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development nations
In the United States, by contrast, only 46 percent of the younger generation has a college education, not significantly more than the 41 percent of the American older generation who went to university.
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November 24, 2015