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)
The American Assocation of Community Colleges (AACC) represents nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions and more than 13 million students. AACC supports and promotes its member colleges through policy initiatives, innovative programs, research and information, and strategic outreach to business, industry and the national news media.

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The Voluntary Framework of Accountability

Media Contact:

Stella Perez, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Communications & Advancement
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a higher education association of more than 400 public colleges, universities, and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development.

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Susan Chilcott, Vice President, Communications
The Association of American Universities (AAU) is a nonprofit association of 60 U.S. and two Canadian preeminent public and private research universities. Founded in 1900, AAU focuses on national and institutional issues that are important to research-intensive universities, including funding for research, research and education policy, and graduate and undergraduate education.

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Barry Toiv, Vice President, Public Affairs
The American Council on Education (ACE) is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. Founded in 1918, ACE provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy.

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Jonathan Riskind, Associate Director, Office of Public Affairs
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research and advocacy organization of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems. Founded in 1887, APLU is the nation's oldest higher education association with over 200 member institutions enrolling over 5 million students and awarding nearly 1 million degrees.

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Jeff Lieberson, Vice President, Public Affairs
The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) serves as the unified voice of the nation's private, nonprofit colleges and universities. NAICU represents more than 1000 members and is committed to celebrating and protecting the diversity of the nation's private, nonprofit colleges and universities.

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Paul Hassen, Interim Director of Communications


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Carnegie Corporation




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.

Voluntary System of Accountability

The Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) is an initiative by public 4-year universities to supply clear, accessible, and comparable information on the undergraduate student experience to important constituencies through a common web report — the College Portrait. The VSA's Undergraduate Success & Progress Rate is the foundation for the SAM Bachelor's Model.


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