OECD’s Education at a Glance Published

September 16, 2016

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on Thursday published its annual "Education at a Glance" report, an encyclopedic compilation of comparative statistics on education from early childhood to the university level.

Among some of the findings specific to the U.S.: 54 percent of young people can expect to graduate from at least one tertiary, or higher, degree program during their lifetime, which compares to an average of 49 percent across OECD member countries. The proportion of 25- to 64-year-olds with a tertiary education in the U.S. is 45 percent, which is 10 percentage points above the OECD average.

A relatively low share of tertiary graduates in the U.S. hold degrees in engineering. Just 8 percent of tertiary degree holders in the U.S. have a degree in engineering, manufacturing or construction compared with an international benchmark of 18 percent. However, the percentage of tertiary-educated Americans with degrees in science, mathematics and computer science is, at 14 percent, higher than the 11 percent global benchmark.

The U.S. leads the world in terms of international student enrollment, attracting 26 percent of all international master’s and doctoral students worldwide in 2014. The number of international students in the U.S. grew by 7 percent from 2014 to 2015, higher than the OECD average of 5 percent but lower than the 12 percent growth rate for Canada.

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