First in the World?

July 1, 2011

In this month’s Change Magazine, Martha J. Kantor, Under Secretary of Education, has an article entitled “American Higher Education: ‘First in the World.'”  It is an overview of the Obama administration’s policy initiative to once again make the United States  lead the world in the percentage of its citizens with college degrees.  We have slipped to ninth.  Worth reading.  It contains this arresting graphic:

Here’s her closing paragraph:

“For this reason, I am reiterating a phrase that headed one of the closing sections of A Nation at Risk: “America can do it.” These words are no less true today, though years have passed since they were printed. If we act now, and act boldly, America can still do it, despite decades of discouragement and deferral. The federal government can help states and institutions articulate common definitions of and strategies for success and then align government policies, programs, funds, oversight, reporting, communications, and assistance in support of these shared goals. Using the proper levers at the national level, we will contribute to the growing climate of innovation and change that will bring our nation to first in the world once again by the year 2020!”

About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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