Is the United States system of higher education among best in the world? The answer is a resounding yes, at least according to a recent analysis by Universitas 21 (via GOOD), which gave the American system the top ranking in the world ahead of Sweden, Canada, Finland and Denmark. Universitas 21, a global network for research universities, compiled data based on several criteria, including available resources, educational environment, connectivity, and graduate output.
But leading education experts in the United States have a different point of view. At a Miller Center for Public Affairs debate in 2010, several prominent figures in policy and administration took American universities to task on accountability, saying that grades and degrees don’t describe the full picture as to whether or not a university is achieving its goals.
And at a Compass Summit event last year, Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University–the largest public university in the United States by enrollment–discussed a lingering hidden crisis at the university level.