Catching Up to Canada

by E Wayne Ross on November 6, 2009

Inside Higher Ed: Catching Up to Canada

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Caveats about the data aside – and there are plenty, admittedly – the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s heavily used rankings on countries’ college outcomes place Canada at the top of the list for the proportion of citizens with a postsecondary credential.

So when President Obama, in a speech to Congress in February, set a goal of having the United States get back to the top of that ranking by 2020, “that means that you’re trying to bump us off,” Noel Baldwin, a policy and research officer at the Canada Millennium Scholarship Fund, told a group of mostly American researchers during the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.