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CIDA updates to professional standards

Published by Candis Green, June 26, 2013.

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) ensures a high level of quality in interior design education through three primary activities; setting standards for post secondary interior design education, evaluating and accrediting college and university interior design programs and facilitating collaboration with stakeholders in the community of interior design.

CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation), is recognized by CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation) – an organization that recognizes 60 institutional accrediting organizations and serves as a national advocate for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation. In order to maintain CHEA recognition, CIDA participates in an external review process which focuses on CIDA’s compliance with recognition criteria related to accreditation policy, procedure and standards.

CHEA has updated its recognition criteria to seek information that addresses the performance of the entire program as opposed to the previous requirement which sought examples of achievements of individual students.

In response to the updated CHEA criteria, CIDA’s accreditation commission developed a new eligibility requirement for CIDA applicants, candidates and accredited programs. At its April 2013 meeting, CIDA’s board of directors voted to adopt the following program eligibility requirement, effective immediately:

A program seeking accreditation must demonstrate that:

  • It collects and publishes reliable information for the public regarding student achievement, including aggregate data addressing attrition and retention, graduation rates, job placement rates, and acceptance into graduate programs.

Examples of sufficient documentation include a link to the webpage displaying this data or a copy of the data from an institutional publication. It is the responsibility of individual programs to determine parameters for data collection and publication, and to ensure that published data is clear, consistent and up-to-date.

Schools with current CIDA accreditation who wish to maintain accreditation, must submit the requested documentation addressing the new eligibility requirement to CIDA no later than August 1, 2014.

Schools seeking CIDA accreditation are advised that the updated standard will become effective in spring 2014.

To view CIDA’s professional standards, effective spring 2014, please click here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Megan Scanlan, Director of Accreditation, CIDA.

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