The Savannah College of Art and Design is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD’s office of institutional effectiveness is responsible for reporting substantive changes to SACSCOC according to the Commission’s published policies, as well as keeping the Commission up-to-date on program changes and other academic updates.
SCAD has been continuously accredited by SACSCOC since 1983 and is scheduled for its next reaffirmation in 2020.
In its Policy on Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires that institutions publish "statements of its goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals." The disclosure below is intended to address specific SACSCOC policy requirements. Information is updated prior to the beginning of each academic year. (Current information displayed was updated during the 2015-16 academic year.)
SCAD’s mission is to “prepare talented students for professional careers, emphasizing learning through individual attention in a positively oriented university environment.” In pursuit of that mission, SCAD strives to lead each and every student to advanced, professionally relevant positions upon graduation through a 100 percent employment rate. For the university’s most recent employment rate, 98 percent of SCAD Spring 2015 alumni responding to a survey were employed, pursuing further education or both within ten months of graduation.
The university monitors annual retention rates for both undergraduate and graduate students as a measure of student satisfaction and success. The undergraduate student retention rates are measured by tracking the first-time freshmen population. Over the past three years, the average retention rate for undergraduate students has remained consistently strong at 83 percent, and the average retention rate for graduate students has held steady at 90 percent. As part of its commitment to continuous improvement, SCAD has established targets for increasing the undergraduate rate to 85 percent and the graduate rate to 93 percent. These targets were established by the vice president for student success, with the department of institutional effectiveness providing historical data to inform realistic targets.
The graduation rate of undergraduate students is a prime example of the university’s fulfillment of its mission through degree attainment. For the Fall 2007 cohort of full-time degree-seeking undergraduates, the SCAD six-year graduation rate is 68 percent, which represents a three percent increase over the previous year’s cohort. SCAD has established a target of increasing the undergraduate rate to 70 percent for the six-year cohort. This target was established by the vice president for student success, with the department of institutional effectiveness providing historical data to inform realistic targets.
Thesis Completion Rates
The thesis completion rate is a key indicator of graduate student achievement, as well as the appropriateness of SCAD graduate curricula and student support services. At the conclusion of the 2014–15 academic year, the university’s thesis completion rate was 88 percent across all SCAD locations, which represents a 2 percent increase from 86 percent in the prior academic year. The university has set a new target thesis completion rate of 89 percent for Spring 2016. This target was established by the CAO, with the department of institutional effectiveness providing historical data to inform realistic targets.
Student Loan Cohort Default Rates
Each year, the U.S. Department of Education releases the official three-year cohort default rate, which indicates the percentage of student loan borrowers who enter repayment on select loans during a particular fiscal year and default prior to the end of the following fiscal year. For the most recent cohort (fiscal year 2013) of student loan borrowers, the SCAD cohort default rate was 4.4 percent. This rate reflects the university’s focused and intentional efforts from the past several years to lower the university’s cohort default rate, which was 8.7 percent in fiscal year 2011 and 6.4 percent in fiscal year 2012. Moreover, the university’s low cohort default rate further evidences mission achievement as SCAD graduates are financially capable of repaying federal loans secured to finance their educational endeavors. The target for fiscal year 2014 is a cohort default rate of 6.0 percent.