Higher Education and the Economy

“Today in Austin President Obama renewed his call for America to regain the world lead in college graduates by 2020. He tied doing so to our future economic competitiveness. The statistical backdrop for the president’s remarks is that we have fallen from 1st to 12th place internationally in the percentage of young adults with postsecondary degrees. This is not because our rates have gone down (they have been rising) but because other countries have leapfrogged us …” (more)

[Grover Whitehurst, Brookings, 10 August]


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