SAM stands for Student Achievement Measures and is a joint initiative of six higher education associations that include

  • American Association of Community Colleges (AACC),
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU),
  • American Council on Education (ACE),
  • The Association of American Universities (AAC),
  • The Association of Public and Land-granted Universities (APLU),
  • The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).

As a member of AASCU, Longwood was invited in summer 2014 to join the SAM initiative, an effort to further higher education accountability by exploring better institutional measures for gauging student success.

As of July 2014, a total of 11 Virginian institutions have become participants of SAM. They include College of William and Mary, Emory & Henry College, George Mason University, James Madison University, Longwood University, Old Dominion University, Radford University, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, University of Virginia-Main Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Tech. Longwood is the 6th of the group to successfully submit the data and publish the Longwood SAM page.

What you can see in SAM? Mainly, you will see

  • Graduation rates of the following cohorts: first time and full-time students (4, 5,and 6-y graduation rates)
  • full-time transfers (4, 5, and 6-y graduation rates)
  • Enrollment of those students who, have not graduated but continue to enroll in the home institution,
    have not graduated but enrolled in other institutions.

Link to SAM