Call for Review and Comment

Call for Review and Comment

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is an independent, non-profit, accrediting organization responsible for setting standards and evaluating degree granting interior design programs. Currently, there are 171 CIDA-accredited programs in the U.S., Canada, and Qatar and three candidate programs.

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

Just as CIDA periodically updates standards, CHEA revises and updates recognition criteria in order to reflect changes and trends in higher education and accreditation. For instance, there has been a great deal of discussion focused on increased transparency in higher education and accreditation in recent years, and this is reflected in new recognition criteria adopted by CHEA in September 2010. In order to remain in compliance, CIDA is proposing changes to its Confidentiality and Disclosure and Program Announcement and Disclosure of Accredited Status policies and procedures.

CIDA is seeking comment from stakeholders on the following proposed changes, and will carefully review all comments received by October 31, 2011. After considering these comments, CIDA’s Accreditation Commission and Board of Directors will take action on whether to adopt proposed changes, modify the proposed changes, defer making any changes and seek additional input, or reject the proposed changes.

Please email your comments to , Director of Accreditation.

Proposed Changes

CHEA’s Recognition Criteria require accreditors “to have policies or procedures, developed in consultation with institutions or programs, to inform the public of the basis for final decisions to grant or reaffirm accreditation and, in the case of denial or withdrawal of accreditation, to provide specific reasons for decisions accompanied by a response, related to the final decision, from the institution or program.” To view CHEA’s 2010 Recognition Policy and Procedures click here.

Proposed Change 1

What CIDA currently does: After an accreditation or candidacy decision is made, CIDA distributes an announcement to constituencies and on its website stating only the decision. CIDA policy and procedure describes, in broad terms, how accreditation decisions relate to compliance with standards. CIDA does not publish or otherwise disclose specifics regarding a program’s compliance with standards in relation to the accreditation or candidacy decision.

Proposed change: After an accreditation or candidacy decision is made, CIDA will distribute an announcement to constituencies and on its website stating the decision, as well as the program’s level of compliance with each Standard.

For example:

CIDA’s Accreditation Commission made the following decisions at its spring meeting:

Re-Accreditation:

University of Interior Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

Compliance with Standards 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15

Partial Compliance with Standards 2, 9, 10, 11, 16

Proposed Change 2

What CIDA currently does: CIDA’s Accreditation Commission is the final authority on all decisions related to the accreditation status of programs. The Accreditation Commission may require a program to undergo an interim visit as a condition of accredited status. Currently, the interim visit requirement is not published.

Proposed change: After an accreditation decision is made, CIDA will disclose the requirement for an interim visit, along with the program’s level of compliance with each Standard.

For Example:

CIDA’s Accreditation Commission made the following decisions at its spring meeting:

Re-Accreditation:

University of Interior Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

Compliance with Standards 1, 3, 4, 5

Partial Compliance with Standards 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

An interim visit is required in fall 20XX to assess the program’s ongoing improvement and continued compliance with CIDA Standards.

Proposed Change 3

What CIDA currently does: Denial of accreditation or candidacy status to first-time applicants is not made public unless the program or institution releases misleading information.

Proposed change: After an accreditation or candidacy decision is made, CIDA will disclose denial of accreditation or candidacy status to first-time applicants, along with the program’s level of compliance with each Standard. *

For Example:

CIDA’s Accreditation Commission made the following decisions at its spring meeting:

Denial of Accreditation:

University of Interior Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

Compliance with Standards 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Partial Compliance with Standards 2, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

Non-Compliance with Standard 10

* An applicant program may withdraw from the process of seeking accreditation at any time upon providing written notice to CIDA’s Accreditation Commission.