1) In 2011, among 25- to 34-year-olds, having a bachelor’s degree or higher increased their average earnings by 69% for men and 70% for women over those with only a high school diploma.

2) On the international PIACC, which tested 16- to 65-year-olds on a set of skills needed for success in the working world, only 12% of Americans scored at the highest level of proficiency in literacy vs. 22% in Finland and 23% in Japan. However, 12% of our 55- to 65-year-olds did so, while internationally only 5% of adults did.

3) In 2013, fewer than 33% of college admissions officers check applicants’ social media postings or Google them as part of their evaluations, up from 20% in 201l.

4) Global consumers will spend $15.5 billion this year on mobile apps, with almost 90 billion smartphone and tablet apps downloaded this year alone, up from last year’s 49 billion.