Measuring the current state of education internationally

Education at a Glance, 2011: OECD Indicators
OECD, September 13, 2011

“Across OECD countries, governments are having to work with shrinking public budgets while designing policies to make education more effective and responsive to growing demand.

The 2011 edition of Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators enables countries to see themselves in the light of other countries’ performance. It provides a broad array of comparable indicators on education systems and represents the consensus of professional thinking on how to measure the current state of education internationally.

The indicators show who participates in education, how much is spent on it, and how education systems operate. They also illustrate a wide range of educational outcomes, comparing, for example, student performance in key subjects and the impact of education on earnings and on adults’ chances of employment.”

Evaluating student performance

OECD Directorate for Education
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Testing student and university performance globally: OECD’s AHELO

“The Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes will test what students in higher education know and can do upon graduation. More than a ranking, AHELO is a direct evaluation of student performance. It will provide data on the relevance and quality of teaching and learning in higher education. The test aims to be global and valid across diverse cultures, languages and different types of institutions.”

Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE)

“In higher education, greater emphasis is being placed on innovation, improving the quality of teaching and learning, the measurement of performance and learning outcomes, access and regional competitiveness. The OECD programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) brings together higher education institutions and governments to share best practices, ideas and potential models to meet these challenges through networks, studies and research.”

Demographic changes

Higher Education to 2030
OECD, 2008
(ordered  for PC 9/26/2011)

“Higher Education to 2030 (Vol. 1): Demography

Demographic changes increasingly shape social policies as most OECD populations are aging and include more migrants and “minorities”. Japan and Korea have already started to see their enrollments in tertiary education decline, but other countries like Turkey and Mexico can still expect a boom. What might be the future impact of demographic changes on tertiary education systems and institutions? How can and do countries address these changes? What opportunities and challenges do they bring?

Drawing on trend data and projections, this book takes an in-depth look at these important questions from both a qualitative and quantitative standpoint. Issues covered include the impact of demographic changes on student enrollment, educational attainment, academic staff and policy choices. Particular attention is given to how access policies determine the demographics of tertiary education, notably by examining access to higher education for disabled and migrant students. The book covers most OECD countries, illustrating the analysis with specific examples from France, Japan, Korea and the United States.

Higher Education to 2030 (Vol. 1): Demography will be of interest to higher education stakeholders such as policy makers, managers of higher education institutions, academics, researchers, and students – as well as to all readers interested in social issues.It is the first volume in the Higher Education to 2030 series, which takes a forward-looking approach to analysing the impact of various contemporary trends on tertiary education systems. Two further volumes will examine the effects of technology and globalisation, and a fourth will present scenarios for the future of higher education systems.“