NAICU Washington Update

Registration for SAM Initiative Continues

March 07, 2014

Project Announces the Support of Nine Higher Ed Groups

The Student Achievement Measure (SAM), launched last year, continues to accept college and university registrations. To date, the initiative, which is working to identify more comprehensive ways to measure student progress and completion, has more than 400 colleges and universities participating.

Led by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and using data from the National Student Clearinghouse, SAM seeks to report student progress at the bachelor’s degree and associate’s degree/certificate level, including students who enroll and graduate from the same institution, transfer and graduate from one or more subsequent institutions, and students whose status is unknown.

APLU recently announced that nine higher education organizations are publicly offering their support and encouraging their members to participate in the initiative.

The organizations supporting SAM include the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), the College Board, the National Association of System Heads (NASH), National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS), the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO), Urban Serving Universities (USU), the U.S. Education Delivery Institute (EDI), and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).

SAM is a joint initiative of six national higher education presidential associations: the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the American Council on Education (ACE), the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).

For more information about the initiative or to find out how to participate, visit the SAM website.

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