August 9th, 2010
04:22 PM ET

Obama touts education goals in Texas speech

President Barack Obama on Monday touted the steps his administration has taken to try to meet his goal of dramatically boosting U.S. college graduation rates.

In a speech at the University of Texas at Austin, Obama said he wants the United States to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

"In a single generation, we've fallen from first place to 12th place in college graduation rates for young adults," Obama said, referring to rankings of the world's top 36 developed nations. "Now that's unacceptable, but it's not irreversible. We can retake the lead."

Achieving that goal would mean adding an additional 8 million college graduates to current levels by 2020 "so we can have a higher share of graduates than any other nation on Earth," Obama said.

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  1. Smith in Oregon

    Under the depraved Republican administration of Bush-Cheney, Republican Potty'ticians gutted school spending, education grants, police, fire, emergency services and library's were all gutted. America plunged to 1 in 4 were high school dropouts while the funding that normally went to those critical domestic services were all funneled overseas to Wars in Afghanistan and War in Iraq. Now business's across America are faced with less than educated applicants, poor roads which are filled with pot holes and a aging infra-structure that very much needs replacing, repairing and upgrading. Obviously, the Bush-Cheney administration pushed more business's overseas and dried up the domestic spending to even maintain those at home that still existed.

    August 10, 2010 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff

    With all due respect to Pres. Obama, just how does one address the issue of "exceptional" students or special needs children? Youngsters with emotional/behavioral disabilities or autism, etc., or those experiencing a physical handicap may not move as quickly through the ideal system as one would want. Not every child will have the same level of comprehension as the next. And what about "at-risk" students, who, for one reason or another, some legitimate, some not, don't even show up for class as they should? The President also needs to reexamine his belief that charter schools and vouchers provide the ideal solution. It didn't work under Dubya; it doesn't work now. Public education needs all the money and support it can get.

    August 10, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. TexVet

    Obama, please don't bother coming to my state. Many of us really don't want you here.

    August 10, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |