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More Time Needed to Complete College Degree

Macomb, IL – Students across the country are needing a greater amount of time to complete their undergraduate studies. For example, Western Illinois University reports just 31% of freshmen entering in 2000 completed their Bachelor's degree in four years. That figure is similar to what's being seen across the nation. There are numerous reasons why it's taking longer to complete a degree. Some students work part-time jobs or serve in the military, both of which cut into class time. In other cases, more courses are required to complete certain degree programs. Reporter Amanda Wallace took a look at the issue and filed a feature that you can hear by clicking on the audio button above.