The Accreditation Commission of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) has granted accreditation status to Chaminade’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Environmental + Interior Design program effective July 2013. Chaminade’s program is the only interior design degree-granting program in Hawaii.
“The Accreditation Commission’s decision was based on our program’s ability to demonstrate compliance with 16 accreditation standards, which were evaluated within the context and overarching purpose and intent of the program,” explained Joan Riggs, coordinator of Chaminade’s Environmental + Interior Design program. “CIDA accreditation standards address the evolving components of graduate preparation for interior design practice, including critical thinking, professional processes and values, technical and aesthetic skill sets and a collaborative spirit that provide the framework of interior design practice.”
Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, president of Chaminade University, added, “Professor Riggs, the program’s faculty and students worked hard to bring about this success. This achievement of a specialized accreditation for our Environmental + Interior Design program attests to the quality of the interior design program. Parents, students and employers of our graduates can be assured that our program meets the rigor of peer review and develops the skill and knowledge required to practice in their career area.”
Achieving accreditation is a strong indicator of a program’s commitment to delivering a quality professional-level education that prepares students for entry-level interior design practice. Programs seeking CIDA accreditation voluntarily place themselves before the scrutiny of the interior design profession by participating in a rigorous peer review process. This process requires interior design programs to conduct a thorough self-evaluation of compliance with CIDA Professional Standards and report results to CIDA. The program must also organize an extensive display of student work for CIDA’s review and host a three-member team of CIDA peer evaluators for an on-site assessment of compliance with CIDA Professional Standards. A report of the findings from this on-site evaluation as well as follow-up dialogue with the program forms the basis for a final decision on accreditation by CIDA’s Accreditation Commission.
The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. For more than 35 years, this knowledge-driven organization has been passionately committed to the ongoing enrichment of the interior design profession through identifying, developing and promoting quality standards for the education of entry-level interior designers, and then encouraging, accrediting and supporting educational programs to aspire to those standards. Through a process of program self-evaluation and peer review, accreditation promotes achievement of high academic standards, while making education more responsive to student and societal needs.. More than 150 interior design programs are currently accredited by the Council, serving an estimated 20,000 students. The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is recognized as a reliable authority on interior design education by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For more information, contact CIDA at 206 Grandville Ave, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503-4014 or www.accredit-id.org.
Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. Since February 1960, Chaminade University has been accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the nationally recognized agency for accreditation of post-secondary institutions in its area of the United States. A Native Hawaiian serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711. ###