The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is one of the key institutions associated with the attempted and actual global governance of higher education systems. One of the ways it does this is through the release of data-laden evaluative reports that ‘benchmark’ the higher education systems of countries against each other. On this note, the OECD released its annual report, Education at a Glance 2007: OECD Indicators, today. The 451 page report can be downloaded for free via the hyperlink embedded in the title above.
Media coverage of the findings is already being stirred up in various countries, with a mix of both glee and concern. In the USA, for example, the Chronicle of Higher Education has profiled the report under the title ‘U.S. Continues to Slip in Educational-Attainment Levels, Says Report Comparing OECD Countries‘. More globally oriented publications, like the Financial Times (see ‘OECD criticises waste in education spending‘) have used the OECD report to flag issues related to expenditure patterns and practices.
Chapter C is particularly relevant for global higher ed people as it highlights (including via some interesting graphics like the two below) a range of trends and conditions in OECD countries, as well as “partner” economies, with respect to transnational student mobility.