My blog discusses the important and complex subjects of college completion, college success, student risk factors (for failing), college readiness, and academic preparation. I will explore the pieces of the college puzzle that heavily influence, if not determine, college success rates.
Guide to International Comparisons in Postsecondary Education
The American Council on Education has published a unique guide to understanding the status of USA postsecondary education compared to other developed countries. It is a laypersons guide called Apples and Oranges in a Flat World
, specify item 311576. Yes, the US has slipped from first to seventh in college completion anong young adults in recent years compared to several countries.But some countries count completion as a vocational certificate,and the US includes only associate degrees that ordinarily take 2 years. So, the guide helps sort through these structural and conceptual differences that make international comparisons a risky business.
The overall outcome, however, is a US that is flat in terms of college attainment, while most other countires are increasing and closing the gap with us. For example, the number of bachelors degrees in science and technology in the US is increasing, but not keeping pace with gains in most other countries.
Labels: College Completion, College Success Studies