Attrition Rates for Online Degree Seekers

The completion or non-completion of a course is the smallest measurable unit of students’ success shared by all students that enroll in credit courses. Therefore, it is one of the most basic student success building blocks. Most students who attrite from courses are less likely to persist while those who fail to persist ultimately fail to obtain their educational goal, which may either be degree or non-degree.

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Therefore, it can be concluded that those online learners who successfully completed their course had their expectations consistent with the course experience. On the other hand, neither completers nor non-completers ranked their online learning experience exceptionally high. Nevertheless, research has shown that almost with no exception, it is the successful completers who were more satisfied with every aspect of their online course.

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