That’s a tall order. Depending how you count, the U.S. is now number two, or seven, or twelve.
It will take millions of new degrees to catch up. And radically new styles of higher education. “No-frills” universities. Online teaching. Out with some of the lush life, and in with “get it done.”
This hour, On Point: two leaders in rethinking American higher ed — the presidents of Northeastern University and Arizona State University — on what it will take to make the U.S. number one again.
Read an explainer piece on how the US ranks internationally in "education attainment."
This program aired on July 21, 2009.