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Education to employment: Getting Europe’s youth into work

January 2014—Youth unemployment across the European Union remains unacceptably high, to the detriment of current and future generations. Addressing it requires understanding its causes and then relentlessly pursuing solutions.more

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Education to employment

January 2013—Young people can't find jobs. Yet employers can't find people with the right entry-level skills. In this video, we explore how governments, educators, and businesses can begin to close this gap.more

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Three critical intersections

December 2012–Our survey highlights three critical intersections—enrolling in post secondary education, building skills, and finding a job—to close the gap between education and employment.more

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How to attract US women to the sciences

September 2013—Compared with their counterparts elsewhere, American women shun science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. What should be done?more

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Game changers: Five opportunities for US growth and renewal

July 2013—Five catalysts can reignite the US economy—opportunities in energy, trade, technology, infrastructure, and talent development can add hundreds of billions of dollars to annual GDP and create millions of new jobs by 2020.more

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College for all

May 2013—Open online courses are changing higher education. Traditional colleges face dangers—and opportunities.more

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How does a school system improve?

December 2010—New research suggests that common sets of interventions can help systems move from one performance level to the next, without regard to culture, geography, politics, or history.more

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Boosting productivity in US higher education

April 2011—America’s economic health depends on additional college-trained workers. Some universities are showing how to graduate more students at lower cost.more

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Innovating US higher education: Arizona State University’s Michael Crow

April 2011—A pace-setting university president explains why US universities need to become more productive, and how to advance reforms.more

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Attracting and retaining top talent in US teaching

September 2010—Only 23 percent of entering teachers come from the top third of their graduating class. What would it take to do better?more

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The economic cost of the US education gap

June 2009—Gaps in academic achievement cost the US economy trillions of dollars a year. Yet there is reason to think they could be closed.more

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