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 over 70% of 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!
SAM Natl Bachelors Model
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.

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
+ 7% who transferred & are still enrolled at another institution
 22% of students, all missing from the federal rate!

Additionally, 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!
SAM Natl AC Model

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:
30% who graduate at their first institution
+ 5% who are still enrolled at their first institution
+30% who transferred to another institution
 65% of students – 200,000 more than the federal graduation rate!

We need SAM to #CountAllStudents!