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What is Completion Rate

Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Second Edition
The most common measure for success in an online or distance learning course, frequently associated with program persistence and retention rates. No standardized algorithm currently exists for calculating completion rates; they are best used in comparing one cohort of the same course with another.
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Student Support Services
Scott L. Howell (Brigham Young University, USA) and Wendi Wilcken (Brigham Young University, USA)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 6
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-198-8.ch288
Success secret number one for a successful online learning program, according to Jeffrey Feldberg, chairman and CEO of Embanet Corp. and who has launched several successful online programs, is “live technical support” (Feldberg, 2001, p. 1). Many student support services, like technical support, are critical to the successful learning experience of all students, but especially for students who are engaged in online learning at a distance. One director of student support services for an online learning program said it this way: “If they’re having trouble with the technology, it’s like showing up at class and the door’s locked and they can’t get in” (Kelly, 2001, p.5). And, just as trouble with technology may keep the class door locked for one student, so can any other unmet student need for another student.
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Strategies to Reduce Attrition among First Year Computer Science Students
the ratio between the number of students in the study program, which graduated from the university in the reference year and the number of students enrolled so many years ago, as the length of the full-time study program.
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Expanding Equity and Access in State-Authorized Charter Schools
A measure of the rate at which students complete the high school program. This includes students earning a regular diploma, non-diploma certificate, or High School Equivalency Diploma.
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