PRESIDENTS FORUM ON GLOBAL EDUCATION:
ARE AMERICAN STUDENTS READY FOR THE WORLD?
Reception: 6:30 P.M. OCT. 16, 2014
7 p.m. – Discussion
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DR. CARL STRIKWERDA, PRESIDENT, ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE
DR. ERIC DARR, PRESIDENT, HARRISBURG UNIVERSITY
DEAN ROBYN MEADOWS, WIDENER SCHOOL OF LAW
The U.S. has lost its competitive edge in education. According to a 2012 report by Pearson titled “The Learning Curve: Lessons in Country Performance in Education,” the U.S. is now considered average. It ranks 17 out of 40 among developed countries for its education system. What is equally worrisome is that the U.S. lags behind other developed countries in both 4-year and 2-year degree attainment among young adults. According to a December 2012 report by the Center for Public Education titled “Getting Back on Top: An International Comparison of College Attainment,” the U.S. ranks 11th (alongside Japan) with only 33 percent of the population, ages 25-34, attaining a 4-year degree. However, the U.S. is ranked 18th for percentage of young adults, ages 25-34 who hold a 2-year degree; only 10 percent of the U.S. population. Russia, which ranks 1st in the world for the same age group, has achieved 34 percent.
The percentages are alarming given that 2-year degree attainment predicts how well educated Americans will be in the future. College degree attainment is linked to economic mobility and it remains the best pathway to the middle class.
— Dr. Lorenda A. Naylor
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