How many more students are counted with SAM?

If all institutions in the United States reported student outcomes using the Student Achievement Measure, outcomes for nearly 2 million more students would be counted – students that the federal graduation rate either misses entirely or counts as failures. Recent data published by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that using the SAM bachelor’s model over…

Why Aren’t All Students Counted in the Federal Graduation Rate?

Due to a congressional ban on student-level data, the federal government is unable to reliably and consistently report the outcomes of transfer students after they transfer, and has only recently added minimal reporting for part-time students.  Yet more than half of bachelor’s degree recipients in recent years attended more than one school and nearly two-thirds…

What Is the Student Achievement Measure (SAM)?

The Student Achievement Measure (SAM) provides a comprehensive picture of student progress on their path to earning a college degree or certificate. As compared to the limitations of typical graduation rate measures, SAM reports more outcomes for more students. Nationally, more than one in five students who complete a degree do so at an institution…