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Ensuring High Completion Rates
Ensuring high completion rates

The enrollment of a student—whether distance or traditional—in a program represents an investment of resources by the institution and by the student. This is true even before the student participates in the first session of the first course. The institution has already invested resources in recruiting, admitting, and advising that student. Likewise, the student has invested time and money in finding the program, securing necessary equipment and study materials, and paying tuition. Both parties, therefore, have an interest in the completion of the planned program of study. Students who drop out represent at least some wasted resources. Moreover, one important criterion used by students, parents, college guidebooks, accrediting bodies, legislatures, and others to evaluate and compare higher education ...

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