Student achievement data

SCAD identifies, evaluates, and publishes goals and outcomes for student achievement appropriate to the university's mission, the nature of the students the institution serves, and the kinds of programs offered. SCAD utilizes data from these evaluations for long-range planning purposes and to document progress toward goals of the institution's strategic plan, SCAD2020. Each SCAD student achievement outcome is aligned with the SCAD mission and corresponds directly with SCAD2020 goals, which drive decision-making at all levels. SCAD continuously seeks to measure and improve every facet of the university experience and holds student achievement paramount.

SCAD's undergraduate profile is categorized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a "full-time, selective, special focus four-year arts, music, and design school" with a professional focus. The graduate profile is categorized as "arts and sciences." SCAD enrolls a diverse student body with students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

SCAD evaluates progress toward these outcomes annually, using relevant measurable criteria. SCAD's choice of criteria reflects accepted institutional metrics and data, as well as data annually collected by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), such as retention and graduation rates. University leadership reviews the results and updates these thresholds and targets annually. Each fall, the SCAD institutional effectiveness department works with leaders across all locations and learning modalities to review the most recently available student achievement data, document achievements, and determine action steps as needed.

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Outcome: Prepare SCAD graduates for creative professions

Data source: SCAD alumni employment study, tracked annually

2019-20 results

Threshold of acceptability and/or target met?

2020-21 target

2020-21 threshold of acceptability

The most recent SCAD Alumni Employment Study reported that 99% of SCAD Spring 2019 alumni were employed, pursuing further education, or both within 10 months of graduation. This marks the third year in a row that the university has had a 99% employment rate, surpassing the threshold of acceptability, and meeting the 2019-20 target.

SCAD utilizes best practices from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and endeavors to track all of its graduates through surveys and other means of independent research. Over the past year, SCAD verified information from 87% of Spring 2019 graduates — a total of 1,716 undergraduate and graduate alumni from all SCAD locations and learning modalities. SCAD’s 87% response rate far exceeds the results of NACE's First-Destination Survey, which aims for a 65% knowledge rate.

Threshold of acceptability and target were met.

Targets and thresholds are reviewed annually, and adjusted as needed, by leaders in academic services, student success, and institutional effectiveness to ensure appropriate levels of success and acceptability. In consideration of the pandemic and economic recession, the 2020-21 target has been adjusted to 90% of Spring 2020 alumni employed, pursuing further education, or both within ten months of graduation.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate in June 2020 was 11.2%, up from 3.8% a year earlier. Therefore, SCAD's threshold of acceptability is to maintain an employment rate that is above the national average (86%).

2018-19 target

2018-19 results

2019-20 target

2019-20 threshold of acceptability

Maintain an alumni employment rate of 99% or higher.

The most recent SCAD alumni employment study reported that 99% of SCAD Spring 2018 alumni were employed, pursuing further education, or both within 10 months of graduation. This marks the second year in a row that the university has had a 99% employment rate, surpassing the threshold of acceptability, and meeting the 2018-19 target.

SCAD utilizes best practices from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and endeavors to track all of its graduates through surveys and other means of independent research. Over the past year, SCAD verified information from 87% of Spring 2018 graduates — a total of 1,470 undergraduate and graduate alumni from Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; Hong Kong; and eLearning. SCAD's 87% response rate far exceeds the results of NACE's First-Destination Survey, which aims for a 65% knowledge rate.

In keeping with SCAD's mission, the university has set a target employment rate of 99%. The university is proud of its results with this student achievement outcome for the last two years and aims to maintain its alumni employment rate of 99% or higher as it endeavors to fulfill its mission for each and every graduate. Leadership in the departments of academic services and student success annually monitor the SCAD alumni employment rate and set appropriate, quantifiable targets to improve student achievement.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), in 2018 the national average employment rate for young adults with a bachelor's degree or higher was 86%. SCAD's threshold of acceptability is to maintain an employment rate that is above the national average.

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Outcome: Support student borrowers as they manage and repay their loans

Data source: Cohort default rate, tracked annually

2019-20 results

Threshold of acceptability and/or target met?

2020-21 target

2020-21 threshold of acceptability

SCAD's 2017 fiscal year cohort default rate was 5.1%, nearly half the national average. That rate is well below SCAD's 10.1% threshold of acceptability and its 2019-20 target of 6% or lower.

SCAD proactively educates students and alumni on financial aid obligations. In addition, students and alumni have access to financial literacy resources, including the SCAD Financial Wellness Program.

Threshold of acceptability and target were met.

The target for the SCAD 2018 fiscal year cohort default rate is to remain below 6%. SCAD's departments of student success, student financial services, and institutional effectiveness annually monitor cohort default data. The senior vice president for admission and student success and the vice president for student financial services annually review historical data and set appropriate, quantifiable targets to continue to improve student achievement.

For fiscal year 2017 (the most recent year available), the national cohort default rate was 9.7%, and the cohort default rate for Georgia was 10.4%. SCAD's threshold of acceptability is to maintain a cohort default rate that is lower than the national average.

2018-19 target

2018-19 results

2019-20 target

2019-20 threshold of acceptability

Maintain a cohort default rate of 6% or lower.

SCAD's 2016 fiscal year cohort default rate was 5.5%, nearly half the national average. That rate is well below SCAD's 10.1% threshold of acceptability and its 2018-19 target of 6% or lower.

SCAD proactively educates students and alumni on financial aid obligations. In addition, students and alumni have access to financial literacy resources, including the SCAD Financial Wellness Program.

The target for the SCAD 2017 fiscal year cohort default rate is to remain below 6%. SCAD's departments of student success, student financial services, and institutional effectiveness annually monitor cohort default data. The senior vice president for admission and student success and the vice president for student financial services annually review historical data and set appropriate, quantifiable targets to continue to improve student achievement.

For fiscal year 2016 (the most recent year available), the national cohort default rate was 10.1%, and the cohort default rate for Georgia was 10.3%. SCAD's threshold of acceptability is to maintain a cohort default rate that is lower than the national average.

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Outcome: Promote student retention

Data source: First-time, full-time undergraduate student retention, as annually reported to IPEDS. Graduate student retention, tracked annually

2019-20 results

Threshold of acceptability and/or target met?

2020-21 target

2020-21 threshold of acceptability

Over the past three years, the average retention rate for SCAD undergraduate students (first-time, full-time freshmen) has remained consistently strong at 85%, and the average retention rate for SCAD graduate students has remained consistently strong at 89%. These results surpass SCAD's threshold of acceptability.

The threshold of acceptability was met for undergraduate and graduate retention. While the undergraduate first-year student retention target was not met, SCAD maintained an average retention rate of 85% for last 3 years, just one percentage point lower than the target. The target was also not met for graduate students, but was missed by only one percentage point (3-year average decreased from 90% to 89%). These decreases can be attributed to the pandemic and students' desire to return once classes resume in-person.

SCAD's targets for the 2019-20 academic year are to maintain an undergraduate retention rate of 85% or higher and a graduate retention rate of 90% or higher. These targets were established by the senior vice president for admission and student success, with the institutional effectiveness department providing historical data to inform appropriate targets.

The national student retention average is 81% for first-time, full-time undergraduate students. SCAD's threshold of acceptability is to maintain an undergraduate retention rate that is above the national average.

No national average or peer benchmark exists for graduate student retention. Therefore, the university reviews internal trend data to set benchmarks and strives to continuously improve. The threshold of acceptability is to maintain a graduate retention average of 85% or above.

2018-19 target

2018-19 results

2019-20 target

2019-20 threshold of acceptability

Maintain an undergraduate retention rate of 85% or higher and a graduate retention rate of 90% or higher.

Over the past three years, the average retention rate for SCAD undergraduate students (first-time, full-time freshmen) has remained consistently strong at 85%, and the average retention rate for SCAD graduate students has remained consistently strong at 90%. These results surpass SCAD's threshold of acceptability and meet SCAD's intended 2018-19 targets of 85% or higher for undergraduates and 90% or higher for graduates. SCAD's departments of student success, academic services, and institutional effectiveness monitor and review retention rates through annual report cards.

SCAD's targets for the 2019-20 academic year are to increase the undergraduate retention rate to 86% and the graduate retention rate to 93%. These targets were established by the senior vice president for admission and student success, with the institutional effectiveness department providing historical data to inform appropriate targets.

The national student retention average is 81% for first-time, full-time undergraduate students. SCAD's threshold of acceptability is to maintain an undergraduate retention rate that is above the national average.

No national average or peer benchmark exists for graduate student retention. Therefore, the university reviews internal trend data to set benchmarks and strives to continuously improve. The threshold of acceptability is to maintain a graduate retention average of 85% or above.

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Outcome: Promote graduate student thesis completion

Data source: Thesis completion rate, tracked annually

2019-20 results

Threshold of acceptability and/or target met?

2020-21 target

2020-21 threshold of acceptability

The 2020 SCAD thesis completion rate is 92% for the second year in a row. The SCAD thesis completion rate of 92% surpasses the 82% threshold of acceptability and the 90% target. This high completion rate is a result of continued collaboration between academic services, the registrar's office, and institutional effectiveness to enhance thesis curricular and support offerings. The university looks forward to continued success in this area as support programs and services result in additional completed theses.

Threshold of acceptability and target were met.

The chief academic officer, associate vice president for academic services, and senior director of registrar services and academic support annually review historical data provided by the registrar's office to measure past accomplishments and set appropriate, quantifiable goals to continue to improve thesis completion. Based on this annual review, the chief academic officer set a target of 92% thesis completion for the 2020–21 academic year.

No national average or peer benchmark exists for thesis completion. Therefore, the university reviews internal trend data to set benchmarks and strives to continuously improve. The threshold of acceptability is to maintain a thesis completion rate of 82% or above.

2018-19 target

2018-19 results

2019-20 target

2019-20 threshold of acceptability

Maintain a thesis completion rate of 90% or higher.

The 2019 SCAD thesis completion rate is 92% an improvement from an already high 90% completion rate in 2017 and 2018. SCAD's 2019 thesis completion rate of 92% surpasses the 82% threshold of acceptability and 90% target. The year-over-year increase is the result of collaboration between academic services, the registrar's office, and institutional effectiveness to enhance thesis curricular and support offerings. The university looks forward to continued success in this area as support programs and services result in additional completed theses.

The chief academic officer, associate vice president for academic services, and senior director of registrar services and academic support annually review historical data provided by the registrar's office to measure past accomplishments and set appropriate, quantifiable goals to continue to improve thesis completion. Based on this annual review, the chief academic officer set a target of 92% thesis completion for the 2019–20 academic year.

No national average or peer benchmark exists for thesis completion. Therefore, the university reviews internal trend data to set benchmarks and strives to continuously improve. The threshold of acceptability is to maintain a thesis completion rate of 82% or above.

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Outcome: Promote timely student graduation

Data source: Undergraduate first-time, full-time six-year graduation rate, as annually reported to IPEDS

2019-20 results

Threshold of acceptability and/or target met?

2020-21 target

2020-21 threshold of acceptability

For the SCAD Fall 2013 cohort of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students, the six-year graduation rate was 71%, a three percentage-point increase over the previous year's cohort.

Threshold of acceptability and targets were met.

Upon review of the 2019-20 graduation rate data, SCAD has established the target of maintaining an overall six-year graduation rate of 65% or higher. This target was established by the senior vice president for admission and student success, with the institutional effectiveness department providing historical data to inform appropriate targets.

According to the NCES, the national six-year student graduation rate is 62% for first-time, full-time undergraduate students. SCAD's threshold of acceptability is to maintain an overall undergraduate graduation rate that is above the national average.

2018-19 target

2018-19 results

2019-20 target

2019-20 threshold of acceptability

Maintain an overall six-year year graduation rate of 65% or higher.

For the SCAD Fall 2012 cohort of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students, the six-year graduation rate was 68%, a three percentage-point increase over the previous year's cohort. This result surpasses the 60% threshold of acceptability and the 2018-19 target of 65% or higher.

SCAD, with a graduation rate already exceeding the national average, has established a target of increasing the overall undergraduate graduation rate to 70% in the 2019-20 academic year. This target was established by the senior vice president for admission and student success, with the institutional effectiveness department providing historical data to inform appropriate targets.

According to NCES, the national six-year student graduation rate is 60% for first-time, full-time undergraduate students. SCAD's threshold of acceptability is to maintain an overall undergraduate graduation rate that is above the national average.

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Outcome: Promote timely Promote timely student graduation, across genders

Data source: Six-year graduation rate of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates, as annually reported to IPEDS, disaggregated by gender and tracked annually

2019-20 results

Threshold of acceptability and/or target met?

2020-21 target

2020-21 threshold of acceptability

For the SCAD Fall 2013 cohort of first-time, full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students, the six-year graduation rate was 72% for female students and 68% for male students.

Threshold of acceptability and targets were met.

Upon review of the 2019-20 graduation rate data, SCAD has established the target of maintaining a 72% six-year graduation rate for female students and a 68% six-year graduation rate for male students. These targets were established by the senior vice president for admission and student success, with the institutional effectiveness department providing historical data to inform appropriate targets.

According to the NCES, the national overall six-year graduation rate is 65% for female students and 59% for male students. SCAD's threshold of acceptability is to maintain an undergraduate graduation rate that is above the national average for each respective gender.

2018-19 target

2018-19 results

2019-20 target

2019-20 threshold of acceptability

SCAD is utilizing 2018-19 academic year data as benchmark data to inform 2019-20 targets by gender.

For the SCAD Fall 2012 cohort of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students, the six-year graduation rate was 70% for female students and 66% for male students. SCAD therefore met the threshold of acceptability for each respective gender (63% for female and 57% for male). These 2018-19 results inform the 2019-20 targets.

Upon review of its 2018-19 benchmark data, SCAD has established a target of increasing the six-year graduation rate by one-percentage point for female students (71%) and one-percentage point for male students (67%). This target was established by the senior vice president for admission and student success for the 2019–20 academic year, with the institutional effectiveness department providing historical data to inform appropriate targets.

According to the NCES, the national overall six-year graduation rate is 63% for female students and 57% for male students. SCAD's threshold of acceptability is to maintain an undergraduate graduation rate that is above the national average for each respective gender.

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Outcome: Promote timely student graduation, across citizenship status

Data source: Six-year graduation rate of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates disaggregated by citizenship status and tracked annually

2019-20 results

Threshold of acceptability and/or target met?

2020-21 target

2020-21 threshold of acceptability

For the SCAD Fall 2013 cohort of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students, the six-year graduation rate was 69% for domestic students and 82% for international students.

Threshold of acceptability and targets were met.

Upon review of the 2019-20 graduation rate data, SCAD has established the target of maintaining a first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate graduation rate of 69% for domestic students and 82% for international students. These targets were established by the senior vice president for admission and student success, with the institutional effectiveness department providing historical data to inform appropriate targets.

No national average or peer benchmark exists for graduation rate by citizenship status. SCAD's threshold of acceptability is to maintain an undergraduate graduation rate for domestic and international students that is above the overall national average six-year graduation rate of 62%.

2018-19 target

2018-19 results

2019-20 target

2019-20 threshold of acceptability

SCAD is utilizing 2018-19 academic year data as benchmark data to inform 2019-20 targets by citizenship status.

For the SCAD Fall 2012 cohort of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students, the six-year graduation rate was 68% for domestic students and 75% for international students. The threshold of acceptability of 60% was met for domestic and international students, and the 2018-19 results inform the 2019-20 targets.

Upon review of the 2018-19 benchmark data, SCAD has established a target of increasing the six-year graduation rate by one-percentage point for domestic students (69%) and one-percentage point for international students (76%). This target was established by the senior vice president for admission and student success for the 2019–20 academic year, with the institutional effectiveness department providing historical data to inform appropriate targets.

No national average or peer benchmark exists for graduation rate by citizenship status. SCAD's threshold of acceptability is to maintain an undergraduate graduation rate for domestic and international students that is above the overall national average six-year graduation rate of 60%.

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Outcome: Promote timely student graduation, across ethnic groups

Data source: Comparison of the six-year graduation rate of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates, as reported to IPEDS, by ethnicity and tracked annually

2019-20 results

Threshold of acceptability and/or target met?

2020-21 target

2020-21 threshold of acceptability

For the SCAD Fall 2013 cohort of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students, the six-year graduation rate was 75% for Hispanic students; 67% for American Indian or Alaskan Native students; 74% for Asian students; 58% for Black students; 70% for White students; 82% for non-resident aliens; and 71% for students with an unknown ethnicity.

The threshold of acceptability was met for Hispanic students, American Indian Alaska Native students, Asian students, White students, non-resident students, and unknown ethnicity students. The threshold of acceptability was not met for Black students. As a part of SCAD's commitment to student success, SCAD formed the office of inclusivity in Summer 2020 and the office is working with academic services, student success, and institutional effectiveness to implement student success initiatives for Black students. Target was met for Hispanic students, White students, and non-resident students.

While still considerably high, the graduate rate targets were not met for Asian students, Black students, Unknown Ethnicity students, and American Indian or Alaska Native students.

Upon review of the 2019-20 graduation rate data, SCAD has established a target of increasing the six-year graduation rate by one-percentage point for Hispanic students (76%); one-percentage point for Asian students (75%); four-percentage points for Black students (62%); one-percentage point for White students (71%); one-percentage point for non-resident aliens (83%); one percentage point for students with an unknown ethnicity (72%); and one percentage points for American Indian or Alaskan Native students (72%).

No national average or peer benchmark exists for six-year graduation rate by ethnicity. Therefore, SCAD's threshold of acceptability is to maintain an undergraduate graduation rate for all students, regardless of ethnicity, that is above the overall national average of 62%.

2018-19 target

2018-19 results

2019-20 target

2019-20 threshold of acceptability

SCAD is utilizing 2018-19 academic year data as benchmark data to inform 2019-20 targets by ethnicity.

For the SCAD Fall 2012 cohort of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students, the six-year graduation rate was 74% for Hispanic students; 100% for American Indian or Alaskan Native students; 77% for Asian students; 61% for Black students; 68% for White students; 73% for non-resident aliens; and 71% for students with an unknown ethnicity. The threshold of acceptability of 60% was met for all ethnicity groups, and the 2018-19 results inform the 2019-20 targets.

Upon review of the 2018-19 benchmark data, SCAD has established a target of increasing the six-year graduation rate by one-percentage point for Hispanic students (75%); one-percentage point for Asian students (78%); one-percentage point for Black students (62%); one-percentage point for White students (69%); one-percentage point for non-resident aliens (74%); one percentage point for students with an unknown ethnicity (72%); and maintaining a six-year graduation rate of 100% for American Indian or Alaskan Native students. These targets were established by the senior vice president for admission and student success for the 2019–20 academic year, with the institutional effectiveness department providing historical data to inform appropriate targets.

No national average or peer benchmark exists for six-year graduation rate by ethnicity. Therefore, SCAD's threshold of acceptability is to maintain an undergraduate graduation rate for all students, regardless of ethnicity, that is above the overall national average of 60%.

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Outcome: Promote timely student graduation, across financial-aid status

Data source: Comparison of the six-year graduation rate of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates, disaggregated by federal student aid type and tracked annually

2019-20 results

Threshold of acceptability and/or target met?

2020-21 target

2020-21 threshold of acceptability

For the Fall 2013 cohort of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students, the six-year graduation rate was 66% for students who received Pell and/or Stafford federal student aid and 76% for students who did not participate in these aid programs.

The threshold of acceptability was met students who received Pell and/or Stafford federal aid and students who did not participate in Pell of Stafford federal aid. The target for students who did not participate in Pell or Stafford federal student aid was met. The target for students who received Pell and/or Stafford federal student aid was not met and decreased year over year by just one percentage point.

Upon review of the 2019-20 data, SCAD has established a target of increasing the six-year graduation rate by one-percentage point for students who received Pell and/or Stafford Federal Student Aid (67%) and maintain the six-year gradation rate for those students who did not participate in these aid programs (74%). These targets were established by the senior vice president for admission and student success, with the institutional effectiveness department providing historical data to inform appropriate targets.

No national average or peer benchmark exists for six-year graduation rate by aid type. Therefore, SCAD's threshold of acceptability is to maintain an undergraduate graduation rate for students that is above the overall national average of 62%, regardless of federal student aid type.

2018-19 target

2018-19 results

2019-20 target

2019-20 threshold of acceptability

SCAD is utilizing 2018-19 academic year data as benchmark data to inform 2019-20 targets by federal student aid type.

For the Fall 2012 cohort of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students, the six-year graduation rate was 67% for students who received Pell and/or Stafford federal student aid and 73% for students who did not participate in these aid programs. The threshold of acceptability of 60% was met for both student aid groups, and the 2018-19 results inform the 2019-20 targets.

Upon review of the 2018-19 benchmark year data, SCAD has established a target of increasing the six-year graduation rate by one-percentage point for students who received Pell and/or Stafford Federal Student Aid (68%) and one-percentage point for students who did not participate in these aid programs (74%). These targets were established by the senior vice president for admission and student success, with the institutional effectiveness department providing historical data to inform appropriate targets.

No national average or peer benchmark exists for six-year graduation rate by aid type. Therefore, SCAD's threshold of acceptability is to maintain an undergraduate graduation rate for students that is above the overall national average of 60%, regardless of federal student aid type.

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