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    Students unable to work a full-time job and pay tuition, data finds

    The average full-time student needs to work more than 900 hours to pay for one year of tuition and fees. In 1979, for the same person, only 182 hours were needed. Randal Olson, a graduate research assistant at Michigan State University, originally reported the data after a conversation with his grandfather. “It’s a topic that many Millennials have in the back of our mind, really,” Olson said. “The [original] post and the accompanying analysis were inspired by a conversation with my grandfather: He was explaining to me why it was such a great thing that I worked my way through college, when all I remembered was struggling to juggle classes,…

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    Business leaders prefer knowledge over college degree

    One-third of business leaders agree, higher education prepares college students with skills to join their business, according to a 2013 Lumina Foundation and Gallup report released on Feb. 25. A business leader, as defined by the report, is an executive from either a small or large business. Candidates applying for fields where they have extensive knowledge are ideal, with 98 percent of business leaders citing it as an important attribute. However, business leaders doubt higher education has given necessary skills to excel in their enterprise. “Though a majority of business leaders favor a candidate with a traditional education over someone with an online education, importantly the amount of knowledge and…