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Student Achievement Measure (SAM)
National First-time, Full-time Bachelor's Model

Data are current as of 2022, reflecting the Fall 2015 Cohort

Graduated: Reporting institution
Transferred & Graduated: Other Institution
Enrolled: Reporting institution
Transferred & Enrolled: Other Institution
Current Status Unknown

Six Year Outcomes

*Fall 2015 First-time Full-time Cohort

*Not an actual IPEDS category
*This is an example of one institution that participates in SAM
What does SAM tell us about the national picture of student completion?
  • 71% of full-time bachelor’s-seeking students who started in Fall 2015 graduated after 6 years
  • 59% of first-time full-time students completed their bachelor’s degree at the institution where they started
  • An additional 12% completed their degree after transferring to another institution
  • The federal graduation rate only reports outcomes for students seeking bachelor’s degrees who start and finish at the same institution
  • Nearly half a million successful students aren’t counted by the federal graduation rate!
  • Furthermore … 8% are still enrolled and on track to complete

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