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…

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

Due to a congressional ban on student-level data, the federal government remains unable to reliably and consistently report outcomes of students after they transfer out, and has only recently added some reporting for part-time students and those who transfer in.  That new reporting, however, is not incorporated into an institution’s singular federal graduation rate. More…

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…