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‘Time Is the Enemy’ of College Completion, Report Says

A new report suggests that college students need to find faster ways to complete degrees because the longer they stay in school, the more likely they are not to earn a degree.

Key findings revealed that 75 percent of students are commuters who juggle work and school, rather than live on the campus, and less than a quarter of part-time students ever graduate. The research also found dropout rates linked to race, income, and age.

The data, released today by Complete College America, a nonprofit organization whose backers include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Lumina Foundation for Education, were gathered for both full-time and part-time students at public colleges and universities in 33 states.

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