MERIC NEWS LETTER

Higher Education Part 2:
Missouri Measures Up to the World


The Measuring Up 2006 report from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education added a new feature to their report card. The report, which measures the nation and states in higher education performance, for the first time included data on how states stack up internationally.

The independent research organization found Missouri ahead of the U.S. average and several other developed countries in total degrees and certificates awarded per 100 students enrolled in 2004.

Includes undergraduate and graduate enrollment.

No. 3 in the World
Missouri also fared well in percentage of young adults (18-24) enrolled in college. When ranked internationally, Missouri tied for third at 37 percent with Belgium and Finland. Korea's rate was 48 percent, and that of Greece 43 percent. Missouri's percentage was in the top twenty among U.S. states and still better than the U.S. average of 35 percent.

Missouri trailed just three countries (Canada, Japan and Korea) in the percentage of adults (25-34) holding an associate’s degree or higher. At 41 percent, Missouri again outpaced the national average of 31 percent.

To view the full report, visit the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education at: http://measuringup.highereducation.org/

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