The Student Achievement Measure is supported by six sponsoring associations, working together to provide a more comprehensive and accurate picture of student progress and completion as students move across institutions and state boundaries.

Montana State University-Billings

Montana State University Billings is a comprehensive public four-year higher education institution located in Montana’s largest population center, whose faculty is actively engaged in teaching, research, creative endeavors and public service. MSU Billings is unique in that it is one of a select few higher education institutions that also boasts an embedded two-year community college. The University opened in 1927 and was established to prepare teachers for elementary schools in eastern Montana. MSU Billings has grown, with the city of Billings and Yellowstone County, into the major urban comprehensive higher education center of south central and eastern Montana. The University campus consists of four colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education and the College of Allied Health Professions. Seven miles west of the University campus sits City College at MSU Billings, which serves the comprehensive two-year mission of the university.
First-Time Full-Time

First-Time Full-Time Students Starting Fall 2011

Number of students: 502

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31%
13%
7%
7%
42%
WITHIN 6 YEARS
27%
10%
12%
11%
40%
WITHIN 5 YEARS
14%
4%
27%
16%
39%
WITHIN 4 YEARS
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Graduated: Reporting institution
Transferred & Graduated: Other Institution
Enrolled: Reporting institution
Transferred & Enrolled: Other Institution
Current Status Unknown

The SAM Full-time Bachelor's Degree model tracks a group of students who started a bachelor's degree program at Montana State University-Billings in the Fall of 2011. The students' progress toward a degree is reported within 4, 5, and 6 years. The same group of students is included in the results for every year.

The sections of the SAM chart represent the proportion of students in the original group with the following five outcomes.

  • Students who started at and graduated from Montana State University-Billings are represented by the darker purple bar with the solid black bar underneath (). (This section of the chart Within 6 Years is approximately the same as the federal graduation rate, but it may differ slightly for each institution.)
  • Students who started at Montana State University-Billings and then transferred to and graduated from another institution are represented by the lighter purple bar with the white stripe underneath ()
  • Students who started at and are still enrolled at Montana State University-Billings are represented by the darker aqua bar with two white stripes underneath ().
  • Students who started at Montana State University-Billings and then transferred to and are still enrolled at another institution are represented by the lighter aqua bar with the bottom white stripe ().
  • Students from the original group whose status is unknown are represented by the green bar with the top white stripe (). These students may have graduated or still be enrolled somewhere, but their status could not be determined conclusively.

Montana State University-Billings | Bachelor's Seeking Model - First-Time Full-Time

OUTCOMES FOR STUDENT STARTING AT
MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY-BILLINGS IN FALL 2011 BY SUMMER 2017
 
2011-12
 
2012-13
 
2013-14
WITHIN 4 YEARS
2014-15
WITHIN 5 YEARS
2015-16
WITHIN 6 YEARS
2016-17
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Bachelor's degree from Montana State University-Billings 0% 0% 1% 11% 24% 28%
+ Associate and/or Certificate degree from Montana State University-Billings 0% 0% 1% 3% 3% 3%
= Total Graduated from Montana State University-Billings 0% 0% 2% 14% 27% 31%
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Bachelor's degree from another institution 0% 0% 0% 2% 7% 9%
+ Associate and/or Certificate degree from another institution 0% 1% 2% 2% 3% 4%
= Total Graduated from another institution 0% 1% 2% 4% 10% 13%
Enrolled at Montana State University-Billings 94% 57% 43% 27% 12% 7%
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Enrolled at another 4-year institution 0% 10% 12% 13% 8% 5%
+ Enrolled at another 2-year institution 0% 2% 3% 3% 3% 2%
= Total Transferred and enrolled
at another institution
0% 12% 15% 16% 11% 7%
Current Status Unknown 6% 30% 38% 39% 40% 42%
Full-Time Transfer

Full-Time Transfer Students Starting Fall 2011

Number of students: 321

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45%
13%
4%
5%
33%
WITHIN 6 YEARS
40%
7%
10%
8%
35%
WITHIN 4 YEARS
14%
1%
53%
10%
22%
WITHIN 2 YEARS
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Graduated: Reporting institution
Transferred & Graduated: Other Institution
Enrolled: Reporting institution
Transferred & Enrolled: Other Institution
Current Status Unknown

The SAM Full-time Bachelor's Degree model tracks a group of students who started a bachelor's degree program at Montana State University-Billings in the Fall of 2011. The students' progress toward a degree is reported within 4, 5, and 6 years. The same group of students is included in the results for every year.

The sections of the SAM chart represent the proportion of students in the original group with the following five outcomes.

  • Students who started at and graduated from Montana State University-Billings are represented by the darker purple bar with the solid black bar underneath (). (This section of the chart Within 6 Years is approximately the same as the federal graduation rate, but it may differ slightly for each institution.)
  • Students who started at Montana State University-Billings and then transferred to and graduated from another institution are represented by the lighter purple bar with the white stripe underneath ()
  • Students who started at and are still enrolled at Montana State University-Billings are represented by the darker aqua bar with two white stripes underneath ().
  • Students who started at Montana State University-Billings and then transferred to and are still enrolled at another institution are represented by the lighter aqua bar with the bottom white stripe ().
  • Students from the original group whose status is unknown are represented by the green bar with the top white stripe (). These students may have graduated or still be enrolled somewhere, but their status could not be determined conclusively.

Montana State University-Billings | Bachelor's Seeking Model - Full-Time Transfer

OUTCOMES FOR STUDENT STARTING AT
MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY-BILLINGS IN FALL 2011 BY SUMMER 2017
 
2011-12
WITHIN 2 YEARS
2012-13
 
2013-14
WITHIN 4 YEARS
2014-15
 
2015-16
WITHIN 6 YEARS
2016-17
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Bachelor's degree from Montana State University-Billings 3% 14% 28% 38% 41% 43%
+ Associate and/or Certificate degree from Montana State University-Billings 0% 0% 2% 2% 2% 2%
= Total Graduated from Montana State University-Billings 3% 14% 30% 40% 43% 45%
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Bachelor's degree from another institution 0% 0% 2% 6% 9% 11%
+ Associate and/or Certificate degree from another institution 0% 1% 0% 1% 2% 2%
= Total Graduated from another institution 0% 1% 2% 7% 11% 13%
Enrolled at Montana State University-Billings 92% 53% 25% 10% 6% 4%
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Enrolled at another 4-year institution 0% 9% 12% 7% 6% 5%
+ Enrolled at another 2-year institution 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 0%
= Total Transferred and enrolled
at another institution
1% 10% 13% 8% 8% 5%
Current Status Unknown 4% 22% 30% 35% 32% 33%