Student Achievement Measure
In the Summer of 2013, the six leading national higher education associations: the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the American Council on Education (ACE), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) launched the Student Achievement Measure (SAM) initiative. Funding for the SAM initiative was provided in large part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with additional funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, AASCU, and APLU.
The goal of SAM is to enhance transparency and to provide the public with a more comprehensive measure of college student progress and completion by including a larger number of students and by tracking the outcomes of students who enroll in multiple higher education institutions.You can find student progression and completion data for USC Aiken on it's Student Acheivement Profile Page.
An inaugural member, the University of South Carolina Aiken was the first institution in South Carolina and among the first in the Nation to sign up in support of this accountability initiative. More information on this initiative is available at the SAM: Student Achievement Measure website.