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Student Achievement Measure



A new way to track student graduation outcomes is published by the Student Achievement Measure (SAM). SAM is a collaborative effort of six national higher education associations and has been endorsed by nine prominent national higher education organizations.

SAM reports undergraduate student progress and completion by tracking students who enroll in multiple higher education institutions. Usual measures of student progress and completion, including government-led efforts, usually underreport student achievement because they do not account for an increasingly mobile student population.

The outcome graph below provides a measure of student success which is more useful than the Federal graduation rate. The federal graduation rate currently tracks only first-time, full-time post-secondary students.

The following SAM graphs illustrate the progress and completion rates of both UAlbany full-time freshmen and UAlbany full-time transfer students over six years.. They include the outcomes of students who subsequently enroll in additional institutions.