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The world is moving past USA in higher education

Staff Report • Dec 3, 2008 at 12:00 AM

According to a report in USA Today the USA has made modest gains since the early 1990s in preparing students for college and providing access, a report says today. But other countries are advancing more quickly, and if trends continue, the picture is only going to get worse, the authors

"The rest of the world is moving past us," says Patrick Callan, president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, the non-profit California-based group that released the report. "I don't think the country has really fully come to grips with how competitive the world has become for us."

Since the early 1990s, this year's report says, most states improved in the areas of college readiness, access and completion. But some gains are offset by declines. And 48 of 50 states have actually moved backward in the area of college affordability.

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