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. learn more »

4-year Graduate, Public Institution, Started Part-time, Transfer Student

Cynthia Marrufo

University of Texas at El Paso (TX)

Major: Health Promotion

Minor: Community Health

Graduation Date: 2016-12-12

Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time

I moved to El Paso, Texas in 2009 after living in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico my entire life. As a result of completing my high school education in Juarez, it was required of me to enroll in English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) courses at the university.

view full story »
News, Commentary,
& Updates

coming soon!

Student Achievement Measure (SAM)
National First-time, Full-time Bachelor's Model

Source: National Student Clearinghouse Snapshot 20

roll over each bar for detail data

49%
11%
4%
7%
29%
WITHIN 6 YEARS
Graduated: Reporting institution
Transferred & Graduated: Other Institution
Enrolled: Reporting institution
Transferred & Enrolled: Other Institution
Current Status Unknown

SAM demonstrates that over 70% of bachelor’s-seeking students who started full-time in Fall 2009 had graduated or were still enrolled within 6 years. Nearly half a million of these successful students aren’t counted by the federal graduation rate!

The federal graduation rate only reports outcomes for students seeking bachelor’s degrees who start and finish at the same institution: 49% shown in dark purple in SAM

Student Achievement Measure (SAM)
National First-time, Full-time Associate/Certificate Model

Source: National Student Clearinghouse Snapshot 20

roll over each bar for detail data

30%
5%
30%
35%
WITHIN 6 YEARS
Graduated: Reporting institution
Enrolled: Reporting institution
Transferred: Other Institution
Current Status Unknown

SAM demonstrates that 65% of students starting full-time at 2-year colleges in Fall 2009 had graduated, transferred or were still enrolled within 6 years. 200,000 of these successful students aren’t counted by the federal graduation rate!

The federal graduation rate only reports outcomes only for students seeking associates degrees who start and finish at the same institution within 3 years. But students attending 2-year institutions are more likely to attend part-time, and frequently take longer than 3 years to complete their degree. SAM thinks those student successes should count, too!

Partners

SAM is a joint effort of six higher education associations that represent the vast majority of U.S. colleges and universities. SAM is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation.

learn more about the partners »
SAM Colleges & Universities

Search for the individual Student Achievement Measures of participating colleges and universities by institution name, state, or institution type.

See student outcomes for the 611 SAM participating institutions!

see SAM institutions »