In 2001 the 29.9% of the US population, age 25 to 34, had attained at least a bachelors degree. That percentage ranks #1 on the list in 2001. Look at that again! WhooHooo! Our percentage is statistically much larger than the closest countries.
Fast forward just 10 years to 2011. The US percentage increased to 33% for that age group BUT now we rank 14th. Look at that again! Whoo, ummm, Whoops. Our percentage is statistically much SMALLER than many that are ahead of us
If you look at 2007 (just prior to the recession that started in Dec 2007), same age group, the US falls to 7th place BUT the percentages are statistically small and not that much above he US. An inflection point, it seems.
The countries ahead of the US appear to have done a better job in getting students through college during the downturn.
What lesson can we learn from this??
|Source: National Center for Educational Statistics|