The Student Achievement Measure (SAM) would not be possible without the broad support of the higher education industry. We are grateful to those institutions and associations who have endorsed SAM, indebted to our sponsors for their time and commitment to improving transparency and creating better metrics, and thankful for the contributions, dedication, and expertise of our funders and partners.
“SAM is a great start in helping public university systems and their campuses track the success of all students. Many NASH Systems are already fully enrolled, and we urge others to join this effective approach to documenting student progress.”— National Association of System Heads (NASH)
“The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU), a network of public research universities dedicated to developing a capable workforce, improving urban health, and strengthening urban communities, is proud to support the Student Achievement Measure (SAM). USUs serve a rapidly expanding and increasingly diverse body of non-traditional students, often from disadvantaged backgrounds with limited income. Traditional completion rates do not represent non-traditional completion trajectories. The SAM measure provides a more accurate measure of student achievement and success for non-traditional students.”— The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU)
“SHEEO and its members have long sought to provide more meaningful and comprehensive student success measures and reporting, particularly with respect to graduation. For some years, we and others in the higher education community have lamented the inadequacy of IPEDS graduation data, especially pertinent now that most students attend two or more institutions during their college careers. SHEEO is pleased to endorse the efforts of six major higher education associations in their introduction of the Student Achievement Measure (SAM). It is an important contribution to the discussion about student success and institutional performance.”— State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO)
“The SAM Project will help all of us working in higher education to have a shared understanding of progress--and this is in fact the most critical step in the implementation process.”— Education Delivery Institute (EDI)
“In an era of heightened accountability, policymakers, researchers, and institutional leaders require a more complete picture of how well postsecondary institutions are serving their students than is available through federal statistics. The SAM project has the potential to fill in some of the most important gaps in our ability to understand the progress of all students. WICHE not only supports this effort as a way to bring greater clarity to student and institutional achievement, but we also commend the institutions that have voluntarily agreed to participate for their willingness to embrace transparency, accountability, and the use of evidence to drive change.”— Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
“The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) is pleased to support the innovative metrics of the Student Achievement Measure (SAM). SAM offers higher education institutions and the public alike a refreshingly comprehensive look at one of today’s most complex questions: how well are our college students progressing? By compiling data on more students and accounting for more outcomes, SAM provides a nuanced view of a frequently over-simplified topic. Our students, institutions, and governing boards benefit when unique missions are recognized and valued.”— Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
National Student Clearinghouse
The National Student Clearinghouse, a non-profit organization, is the nation's trusted source for educational verification and student educational outcomes research. More than 3,500 colleges and universities, enrolling over 98% of all students in public and private U.S. institutions, participate in the Clearinghouse.
Voluntary Framework of Accountability
The Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) is the first, national system of accountability developed specifically for community colleges, by community colleges. The VFA measures how 2-year colleges perform in serving their more than 13 million students and the VFA's metrics encompass the full breadth of the community college mission and the diversity of student's goals and educational experiences.
The VSA, co-sponsored by AASCU and APLU, is a program designed to support the data needs of higher education institutions and the use of national data to improve institutional outcomes. The VSA offers a broad set of products that provides institutions with metrics and visual analytics that inform decision-making and equip institutional leaders with evidence for strategic planning.
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