KNOWLEDGE BASE Education In The US

 

Education In The United States

 

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) does extensive reporting on education in its member countries, the UK being one of them. The United States’ Education at a Glance 2016: OECD Indicators report provides statistics and information on a number of different topics around education.

 

Education at a Glance 2016 highlighted US statistics include:

  • A higher percentage of US 25-64 year olds (45%) have a tertiary level education than the OECD average, but the gap is shring for 25-34 year olds because other countries are catching up

  • ~54% of young people in the US today can expect to graduate at least once from a tertiary degree in their lifetime. This is above the OECD average of 49%

  • The gender gap in earnings persists at all levels of education in the US and is larger than most OECD countries. This gap does not appear to be decreasing for younger generations

  • In 2014, 58% of first time graduates from tertiary education were women. The share of women is greater at lower levels of tertiary education - by the doctorate level the share is 50%

  • US remains the global leader in the international tertiary education market, though international students are a small percentage of total US enrollment

    • ???????The US hosted 26% of the world's international students in 2014, the largest number of any country


For those interested in learning more about the United States’ educational system, the OECD’s Education at a Glance 2016: OECD Indicators report provides a great deal of information. You can also filter down on OECD countries, age ranges, population with tertiary education, adult education levels, and enrollment rates on the OECD site on their OECD Education Attainment page.

 

OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

Education at a Glance 2016: OECD Indicators

OECD Education Attainment

US Census Bureau

US Census Bureau: American FactFinder

KNOWLEDGE BASE Education In The US