A report released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development indicates that higher education in America is on the decline. The World Gets a Little Flatter, outlines the results of the report.
The 30-country study showed that between 1995 and 2004, growth in education spending fell behind growth of national income spending across the board. This points to an overall lack of importance being placed on education world-wide. While the U.S. did prove to be a leader in some areas, it fell short in others.
Among the areas of concern in America are that only 54 percent of students entering college will earn a degree (the lowest rate of all 30 countries) and the number of 25 to 34-year-olds employed in the U.S. who hold a science degree is far behind statistics from the other countries. While the U.S. remains ahead in some instances, it is experiencing a rapid downfall when it comes to getting students enrolled in college and keeping them there. By placing more of a focus on gearing middle and high school students toward higher education, we can begin to amend this problem.