VET program completion rates: an evaluation of the current method

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National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)


Completion rates are simple to calculate with a cohort of students who start together in a very short program with a defined end date. The context in vocational education and training (VET) is, however, far more complex. Program lengths vary and may span several years, students commence at different times and many study part-time. Waiting for all students to complete or 'drop out' of their training before calculating an actual completion rate gives a reliable answer, but is somewhat impractical. This paper summarises the key findings from a technical review of the validity of the method...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Evaluation; Statistics; Students; Participation; Outcomes; Qualifications

Keywords: Completion; Statistical method; Longitudinal data; Data analysis

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 2016

Physical description: 22 p.

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Also called: Vocational education and training program completion rates: an evaluation of the current method

ISBN: 9781925173710

Resource type: Occasional paper

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Call number: TD/TNC 126.07

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