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Higher Education Groups Endorse Student Achievement Measure Initiative

March 05, 2014

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Nine national higher education organizations have endorsed the Student Achievement Measure (SAM), a collaborative effort by the association community to track student attendance across institutions.

SAM provides a fuller picture of undergraduate student progress and attainment than can be calculated under the federal government's Student Right-to-Know Act, which is limited to measuring the completion of first-time, full-time students at one institution.

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, the College Board, the National Association of System Heads, the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students, the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, Urban Serving Universities, the U.S. Education Delivery Institute and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education are publicly offering their support and encouraging institutional members to sign-up and participate in SAM.

SAM provides an improved measure to better account for the success of all these students by including the outcomes of those who attend multiple institutions, those who transfer-in and transfer-out, and those still enrolled and working toward a credential.

Nearly 400 colleges and universities are already participating in SAM, tracking the progress and completion of 400,000 more students than would be possible using the federal government methodology.

The Student Achievement Measure is a joint initiative of six national higher education presidential associations: ACE, the American Association of Community Colleges, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Funding for the SAM Project is provided in large part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Additional funding is provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, APLU and AASCU.

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