A team of three site visitors from the Council for Interior
Design Accreditation (CIDA) reviewed our program November 8 through November
13, 2013. . During their visit, they reviewed students’ works, conducted
interviews with faculty and students, and worked together to evaluate our
interior design program according to CIDA Standards. The visiting team is now
in the process of completing a written report documenting their findings. The
team report is due in the CIDA office on November 19th, 2013. When
submitted, CIDA staff formats the report and conducts a staff review in
consultation with the team. Readers from the Accreditation Commission also
receive the report. Commissioners have the opportunity to ask the visiting team
questions regarding evidence presented in the report. Our program will receive
the team report for review approximately six weeks following the site visit.
The program then has approximately three weeks to review and
respond to the team report. This is the program’s opportunity to submit any
concerns with the report and plans for improvement. The program should review
the report for any technical errors or content concerns. Subsequent report
readers and evaluators have the opportunity to review both the team report and
any concerns the program submits in writing.
Following the program review, the team report is sent to a group of
trained site visitors. These individuals provide their opinion on a)
whether the evidence presented in the report supports the team’s evaluation of
standards, and b) whether the team’s recommendation for accreditation is
supported by the overall report content. Site visitor feedback is compiled and
forwarded to the Accreditation Commission. This typically takes three weeks.
The Accreditation Commission is the final authority for
accreditation decisions. Commissioners review all information related to the
program’s evaluation: the program’s self-study (Program Analysis Report), the
team report, the program’s response to the team report (if any), and compiled
feedback from CIDA site visitors.
During the team exit interview with faculty, the Department
Chair, and the Dean on Tuesday, November 13th, 2013, the visiting
team were extremely pleased with the quality of the students work. They
particularly emphasized the global awareness of the students, their creativity,
drafting skills (both hand and computer), programming abilities, comprehension
of the design process, and collaboration/team work as strong components of our
On March 31, 2014 the
Accreditation Commission granted our program with CIDA accreditation that will
remain in effect until the next review for renewal in 2020.