In Brief: Interior design program earns CIDA re-accreditation

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
August 12, 2015

The Accreditation Commission of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) has accredited the interior design program in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State University.

The accreditation is for a term of six years.

The Accreditation Commission’s decision was based on the interior design program’s demonstrated achievement of 16 accreditation standards, which are evaluated within the context and overarching purpose and intent of the program. CIDA accreditation standards broadly address the evolving components of graduate preparation for interior design practice. CIDA accreditation standards also address the institutional systems, structures and resources that are fundamental to providing an effective higher education learning environment for interior design.

Award of CIDA accreditation attests to the quality of the interior design program. Parents, students and employers of graduates can be assured that the program meets the rigor of peer review and develops the skills and knowledge required to practice interior design. The accreditation process provides the program with valuable input for continued development and assists the program in adapting to meet evolving professional requirements as CIDA updates standards.

In three years, the interior design program will be required to submit a progress report to CIDA addressing ongoing program development. The program is scheduled to be revisited in 2021 for re-accreditation.