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This brief was prepared for the publication of the Skills beyond School Synthesis Report, a review of post-secondary career, vocational and professional training covering 20 countries, including the United States.
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While a large proportion of adults in the United States have university-level education, the tertiary attainment rate is increasing much faster in many other countries.
This blog post introduces a new report on the state of adult skills in the United States, "Time for the U.S. to Reskill: What the Survey of Adult Skills Says".
An OECD study published today says the United States should take concerted action to address the adult skills challenge, warning it could progressively fall behind other countries. The study argues that low-skilled populations face a bleak future, creating challenges both to equity and social cohesion.
This report draws on the new international OECD Survey of Adult Skills to highlight the challenges faced by the United States. It shows that the United States should take action to improve adult skills, if it wants to avoid falling behind other countries. The report also advances a set of key recommendations to improve basic skills across the board.
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A Skills beyond School Review of the United States, OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Training
Education at a Glance 2013 - Country notes and key fact tables
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Education at a Glance 2012: Country Notes - United States
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Universities and other higher education institutions can play a key role in human capital development and innovation systems. Reviews of Higher Education in Regional and City Development are the OECD’s vehicle to mobilise higher education for economic and social development of cities and regions.
Investments in well-designed, multi-purpose local education facilities serve as a visible commitment to the community and a cost-effective way to revitalise local economies.