OECD ‘Education at a Glance’ Report Published

September 9, 2014

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has released its annual Education at a Glance report, an almanac of indicators on such topics as educational attainment, employment rates by level of education, funding for educational systems, and student mobility across the 34 OECD member nations as well as for 10 additional countries. The dataset encompasses many wealthy nations that predominantly make up the OECD’s membership, in addition to countries with rapidly emerging economies, including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. 

Highlights from the data for the United States include the finding that while a large proportion of American adults have attained university-level education (at 43 percent, the firth-highest rate among countries in the analysis), the postsecondary educational attainment rate is increasing much faster in many other countries. In regards to upward mobility, a relatively small proportion of U.S. adults (30 percent) attain a higher level of education than did their parents. Since the height of the economic crisis, the rate of unemployment has dropped for American adults with all levels of education.

The U.S. continues to host more international students than any other country but its share of the population of globally mobile students continues to fall. In 2012, the U.S. attracted 16 percent of all international students, compared to 23 percent in 2000.

The total number of students enrolled in a higher education program outside their home country has more than doubled since 2000, climbing to a new high of 4.5 million students in 2012. About half (53 percent) of these students are from Asia.


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