How many more students are counted with SAM?

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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 more than 72% of students who started full-time in Fall 2011 had graduated or were still enrolled within 6 years. 373,000 of these successful students aren’t counted by the federal graduation rate!

Bachelors Outcomes 2018

The federal graduation rate only reports outcomes for students seeking bachelor’s degrees who start and finish at the same institution: 52% shown in dark purple in SAM.
SAM reports more outcomes, counting the success of more students:
11% who transferred & graduated from another institution
+ 4% who are still enrolled at their first institution
6% who transferred & are still enrolled at another institution
21% of 4-year students, all missing from the federal rate!

The federal graduation rate also doesn’t include part-time students, who add up to nearly 200,000 uncounted. That means a total of 569,000 more bachelor’s seekers would get counted in SAM.

Additionally, SAM demonstrates that 54% of students starting full-time at 2-year colleges in Fall 2011 had graduated, transferred or were still enrolled within 6 years. Nearly 120,000 of these successful students aren’t counted by the federal graduation rate!

Associate Outcomes 2018

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!

SAM reports more outcomes, counting the success of more students:
11% who transferred & graduated from another institution
+ 5% who are still enrolled at their first institution
+ 7% who transferred & are still enrolled at another institution
23% of community college students

When part-time students are factored in, nearly 240,000 more community college students are counted than the federal graduation rate!

We need SAM to #CountAllStudents!

Updated: April 30, 2018