The System for Assessment Management (SAM)

SAM is an online assessment system used to enter and edit all assessment plans for Academic Programs (undergraduate, graduate, certificate), Administrative Units, and Centers and Institutes to meet SACS and BOG requirements. There should be a designated person(s) in the department responsible for uploading/editing the reports during the assessment cycle. Please refer to our website for resources and important dates.

Assessment is an ongoing effort at USF and is linked to the broader enterprise of continuous quality improvement. External forces have shaped the direction of assessment over the past decade including the requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and new requirements by the Board of Governors (BOG).


The mission of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Academic Planning and Review at USF is to promulgate good assessment and data analysis practices across all programs at the university and to align these activities with other quality improvement initiatives to include the Strategic Plan, program review, annual reporting, institutional research, and all requirements of the Board of Governors (BOG) and external accrediting agencies. However, the primary purpose of the office remains the continuous improvement of student performance by providing faculty and staff with methodologically sound information regarding student learning and program planning in areas targeted by the curriculum so that programmatic adjustments may be made most effectively.

Getting Started

If you are new to the SAM system and have not previously had access, you will need to request access as a new user. Use the Request Access link below the log in button to request access. You should receive an email notification once you have been given access to your plans in SAM.

After you have been granted access to SAM, log in using your NetID and password. You will be presented with your logged-in home page where you will see information pertaining to the assessment plans to which you have access. Your home page also provides you with announcements including scheduled timelines of the assessment process.