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Within the mission of SCAD, the institutional effectiveness department actively builds the university's reputation as a leader in art and design education by fostering a culture of continuous improvement, ensuring adherence to best practices in evaluation and assessment, advancing the systematic use of information for decision-making, monitoring the university's regional and professional accreditation compliance, and facilitating the achievement of the university's strategic goals.
The institutional effectiveness department includes three functional reporting areas: institutional research, institutional assessment and accreditation. The Savannah department of IE also provides support to IE offices at SCAD Atlanta and SCAD Hong Kong. The chief academic officer is a member of the President's Cabinet and serves as the institutional liaison to the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The office of institutional assessment is the university’s central office for the facilitation of program- and department-level assessment activities at all SCAD locations.
The office of institutional research is a service unit that provides management information and centralized reporting services.