Student Outcomes

Institutional Learning Outcomes

The San Francisco Art Institute’s vision includes a commitment to promoting global perspectives, social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and critical understandings of art for different audiences. This is demonstrated through our dedication to:

  1. Advancing art and its critique as a significant form of knowledge making
  2. Recognizing the consequential roles that artists play in society
  3. Employing multiple techniques in pursuit of creative solutions
  4. Negotiating disciplinary boundaries
  5. Expanding sites of artistic engagement at local and global levels
  6. Representing the complexity of social and cultural difference

Consumer Information

In accordance with federal regulations set forth by the Higher Education Act of 1965, schools are required to provide a list of consumer information to all students enrolled at SFAI.

Information regarding student outcomes is provided on this page, including retention and graduation rates, modeled after the institutional retention/graduation assessment by our regional accreditor, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), as well as alumni data from the Strategic National Alumni Arts Project (SNAAP).

 

Other, general institutional information for current and prospective students at SFAI, in accordance with the Student Right To Know and Campus Security Act of 1990—including financial aid, tuition, campus security policies and campus crime statistics—can be found via the following links on SFAI’s website:

Retention, Graduation, and Time-to-Degree Data

These Retention, Graduation, and Time-to-Degree Data Tables measure one-year retention rates, graduation rates, and average time-to-degree of the following cohorts:

  • New Freshman, full-time: First-time, full-time freshmen Bachelor's candidates entering SFAI for the first time in their fall term of entry.
  • New Freshman, part-time: First-time, part-time freshmen Bachelor's candidates entering SFAI for the first time in their fall term of entry.
  • Transfer, lower-division: Transfer-in Bachelor's candidates with less than 60 transfer credits.
  • Transfer, upper-division: Transfer-in Bachelor's candidates with 60 or more transfer credits.
  • Master of Fine Arts: Master of Fine Arts candidates.
  • Master of Arts: Master of Arts candidates.
  • Post-Baccalaureate: Post-Baccalaureate certificate candidates.

Strategic National Alumni Arts Project (SNAAP)

As an institution within the AICAD consortium (Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design), SFAI joined with other North American art schools to participate in the SNAAP (Strategic National Alumni Arts Project) survey, which will occur every two years. The survey provides SFAI with comparative data and enables staff to measure alumni successes against those of SFAI’s competitors.

Results from the 2012 SNAAP frequency report for graduate-level alumni were very promising, with SFAI graduate alumni comprising 7.5% of all AICAD institution respondents (24 institutions, total). Further, 95% of SFAI alumni who responded indicated that, upon matriculating in SFAI’s graduate program, they intended to work eventually as an artist, compared to 87% from all AICAD institutions. As reinforced by their responses, SFAI alumni are employed as artists or maintain an artistic practice at a much higher rate than other AICAD institution alumni. For example, 70% of SFAI alumni who completed the survey currently work or have worked as an artist, compared with 60% from AICAD schools and 58% from art, design, and media departments within universities and colleges. 59% of SFAI alumni identify as fine artists, compared to 49% from AICAD institutions and 41% from art, design, and media departments within universities and colleges. Additionally, 91% of SFAI alumni respondents to the survey make or perform art in their personal (not work-related) time, compared to 83% from AICAD institutions and 78% from art, design, and media departments within universities and colleges.

Results from the 2012 SNAAP frequency report for undergraduate-level alumni were equally promising. 91% of SFAI alumni who responded indicated that, upon matriculating in SFAI’s BFA and BA programs, they intended to work eventually as artists. 57% of SFAI undergraduate alumni identify as fine artists compared to 36% from AICAD institutions and 34% from art, design, and media departments within universities and colleges. Additionally, 89% of SFAI alumni respondents make or perform art in their personal (not work-related) time, compared to 81% from AICAD institutions and 75% from art, design, and media departments within universities and colleges.

Frequency Reports from the Strategic National Alumni Arts Project (SNAAP) are available for the Graduate Level and Undergraduate Level.

Student Complaint Procedure Notice

The United States Department of Education requires higher education institutions to publish contact information for students to file complaints with its accreditor and with the relevant State agency for handling the complaint.  

 

STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

The San Francisco Art Institute values complaints and concerns by students regarding the institution. The grievance procedure is appropriate for unresolved violations of any SFAI policy and/or agreement with the student, or of any law regulating the student’s relationship with SFAI that has materially damaged the student. The grievance procedure should be initiated by the student and exhausted to completion.

A Student Grievance is not for a complaint that, on the part of another student or an employee of SFAI, has violated a policy against harassment or other behaviors noted in SFAI’s policy against harassment; the complaint procedure in that policy should be used. Please refer to the Civil Rights Policy of the Student and Campus Handbook  (p. 29, SFAI Student and Campus Handbook 2014-15).

In addition, the Student Grievance Process is not to adjudicate disputes regarding assertions that a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct; the procedure in the Code should be used  (p. 21, SFAI Student Handbook 2014-15).

For a complete list of grievance procedures for students, please reference the Campus Rights, Responsibilities, and Policies section of the 2015-16 Student and Campus Handbook, pages 20-46.

 

FILING A COMPLAINT WITH THE ACCREDITING AGENCY

Complaints associated with accreditation standards and policies that have persisted through an exhaustion of all steps described in the above Grievance Procedure may be presented to the WASC Senior College and University Commission, the main accrediting agency for the San Francisco Art Institute.    

Please refer to the Public Comments and Complaints section the WASC Senior College and University Commission website.

 

FILING A COMPLAINT WITH THE STATE

Complaints that have persisted through reviews by the institution and the accrediting agency may be addressed to the attorney general of the state of California.  A complaint form may be filed with the Public Inquiry Unit of the California State Department of Justice:

Public Inquiry Unit
Voice: 916-322-3360 or
(Toll-free in California) 800-952-5225
Fax: 916-323-5341
Online form

The Attorney General's Office will review the process through which the campus attempted to resolve your complaint. If the process complies with the written outline, the Attorney General's Office will, for the purposes of state oversight, consider the matter closed. If the Attorney General determines that the process through which the campus attempted to resolve your complaint did not comply with its published process, the Attorney General may request reconsideration by the San Francisco Art Institute. The Attorney General's Office also has oversight of the San Francisco Art Institute as authorized through the "Supervision of Trustees and Fundraisers for Charitable Purposes Act" [Cal. Gov't Code § 12598], which provides public means to submit complaints regarding non-profit colleges and universities that abuse their status under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (23 U.S.C. §501(c)(3).  The California Attorney General is given broad powers to undertake law enforcement investigations and actions to protect the public interest under Cal. Gov't Code § 12598.  

Most complaints made to media outlets or public figures, including members of the California legislature, Congress, the Governor, or individual Trustees of the San Francisco Art Institute are referred to the President's Office of the institute.

Nothing in this disclosure limits any right that the student may have to seek civil or criminal action to resolve the complaint.  

The San Francisco Art Institute has provided this disclosure to you in compliance with the requirements of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, as regulated in CFR 34, Sections 600.9 (b)(3) and 668.43(b).  If anything in this disclosure is out of date, please notify Academic Affairs, 800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; 415-749-4534, academicaffairs@sfai.edu.