Academic Affairs

Center for Educational Effectiveness

The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) is an intentional consolidation of Institutional Research and Academic Affairs under the oversight of the Provost.  We partner with college stakeholders as a consulting resource, facilitating best practices in a number of key areas, including:

  • Institutional reporting and analysis
  • Program review and assessment
  • Development and deployment of new educational programs
  • Accreditation (WSCUC, NASAD)
  • Educational policy
  • Academic advising

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Program Review and Assessment

Program review is a customizable, collective inquiry used by curricular and co-curricular departments. It provides an institutionally-supported platform for reflection, conversation, external review, analysis and planning. The ultimate goal of program review is to evaluate programs and make evidence-based decisions for enhancements to our curriculum and pedagogy, with attention to ArtCenter’s mission and the department’s program learning outcomes. The results of the review process will inform and impact planning and budgeting activities at both the program and institutional levels.

At ArtCenter, program review operates on a seven-year cycle, with interim follow-up reports every two years.


Assessment at ArtCenter is a faculty-driven, systematic approach to gathering and reviewing evidence of student learning to better understand what our students know, understand, and can do with their knowledge as a result of their educational experiences. Assessment results are used to improve students’ learning and to inform the department's program review self-study.

Many departments have faculty liaisons who have participated in a College-wide training on assessment and help to lead their programs' assessment and program review efforts. Faculty also help to guide the College's assessment culture and practices through work with the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, the Center for Educational Effectiveness, and the Assessment and Program Review Initiative committee.

Effective with the revised 2013 Handbook of Accreditation, WSCUC requires all of its member institutions to define expected levels of student accomplishment in the following five areas, and to assess whether or not their students have attained these expected levels at, or near, graduation:

  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Critical Thinking
  • Quantitative Reasoning

The College is currently engaged in an assessment of all five core competencies.


ArtCenter College of Design is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.

ArtCenter Accreditation Report (September 2016)

WSCUC Team Report (March 2017)

WSCUC Action Letter (June 2017)

Course Evaluations

ArtCenter’s Course Evaluation process is an essential part of ArtCenter’s efforts to offer an excellent education and to recruit and promote good teaching. It provides an opportunity to get feedback from students about the instruction they receive from their faculty in their courses. Course Evaluations are available to faculty and chairs to assist them with course planning, curriculum and pedagogy.

Although completing course evaluations is an optional activity, the information they provide is extremely valuable. Students have until the beginning of Break Week 1 to complete their course evaluations. Individual student responses are confidential.

The course evaluation system is accessible by laptop, tablet, or smart phone, available 24 hours during the course evaluation period.

Institutional Research

The Office of Institutional Research (IR) analyzes, reports and provides leadership for the College on data and reporting for the purposes of promoting an evidence-based decision making environment. This includes, but is not limited to, reporting to external agencies (mandatory reporting as well as voluntary surveys) and reporting to internal decision-making constituents such as the Board of Trustees.

Additionally, the IR office supports and partners with key departments, such as Enrollment Management, Admissions, the Provost, Financial Aid, Center for the Student Experience and Alumni Relations among other offices and committees and to provide meaningful data and reports to help in strategic decision-making.

The Office of Institutional Research together with Academic Affairs is part of the Center for Educational Effectiveness.

Common Public Reports

Student Academic Policy Committee

ArtCenter’s Student Academic Policy Committee is chartered to review and propose changes to academic policy, which includes but is not limited to, student, enrollment, pedagogical and curricular issues.

The committee is a recommending body made up of representatives of the Faculty Council, the Chairs Council, ArtCenter Student Government, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Enrolment Services, Financial Aid, Finance and other staff and/or faculty as necessary for specific issues.

The Provost has final approval of all policies.