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Mitchell: U.S. College System Underperforming

The United States has some of the best colleges and universities in the world but is underperforming as a system, Education Undersecretary Ted Mitchell said at the Education Writers Association (EWA) national seminar in Boston on Monday.

In 1995, the United States led the world in college completion. According to the most recent numbers from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the rate of college degree completion in the U.S. has slowed compared to other wealthy nations. In other words, the overall graduation rate is going up but not as fast as in other countries.