The debate about primary and secondary education is still raging in the U.S., with statistics backing up the sense that the system is failing too many students. One Department of Education study found that 30 million adults in the U.S. were functionally illiterate. Another Department of Ed report ranks the U.S. at 24 out of 65 countries for math proficiency among 15-year-olds.
But when it comes to higher education, the U.S. does better than any other country, according to the eighth annual ranking of the world’s top universities, put out by Times Higher Education, a London magazine that tracks the higher ed market. The 2011 World University Rankings are dominated by U.S. schools. They hold 75 spots among the top 200, up three schools since last year. Seven U.S. schools are in the top 10. The U.K. comes in a distant second, with 32 schools in the top 200 and three in the top 10. This year for the first time, THE published an extended list of 400 schools.
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