Survey suggests many institutions can’t track completion rates

December 17, 2013

Many universities and colleges have trouble keeping track of how many students complete courses, reveals a Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education survey that compared online and classroom completion rates at US and Canadian institutions. Of the 225 responses included in the survey, 65% “were not able to provide an on-campus rate and 55% did not report an online rate.” The report revealed that among institutions that were able to report completion rates, 5% fewer students completed online courses than traditional courses. “If institutions wish to improve course completion, they will need to collect these statistics. It’s hard to improve what is not measured,” says the report. It also pointed out that in some cases, institutions may simply not have wanted to share their completion rate data. Chronicle of Higher Education | Full Report