How to Calculate Completion Rates


Completion rate is a term used by educational institutions to track statistics on course completions. It compares course credits attempted versus course credits completed. From these statistics, institutions can calculate the completion rates as a percentage. Educational institutions use this information to evaluate overall student engagement and coursework effectiveness.

  • Determine the number of students in the educational institution or program.

  • Calculate the number of credits hours each student signed up for, or attempted, during the school year or period in question.

  • Add together the credit hours attempted by all students to find the total credit hours attempted.

  • Determine the total credit hours completed by each student.

  • Add together the credit hours completed by all students to find the total credit hours completed.

  • Calculate the completion rate using the following formula: Completion rate = total hours completed/total hours attempted. For example, if the total hours attempted from Step 3 is 3,500 hours and the total hours completed from Step 5 is 2,400, the completion rate = 2,400/3,500 = 0.6857 or 68.57 percent.


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