In the 1970s and 1980s, the US led the world on college enrollment. In fact, since the passing of the GI bill in 1944, America had been forging a path. That bill led to 2.2 million American infantrymen attending university in the 12 years in was in effect.
But a generation later, the US hasn't changed at all, while the rest of the developed world has more or less caught up with it – and some of its key competitors have overtaken it.
The country could once boast the best educated workforce in the world. No longer.