The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) requires interior design programs to have graduated a minimum of two classes before they are eligible to seek accreditation. The reason for this requirement is that CIDA’s Standards for accreditation are heavily focused on student learning; therefore, the assessment of student learning must be based on a representative body of student work produced from a program’s current and on-going curriculum. While interior design programs that have not yet graduated two classes may show great promise, these programs still lack the body of work required for full assessment of student learning.
Many accrediting agencies address this potential problem by offering candidacy status, which recognizes the quality of academic programs in development. Candidacy status is public recognition that an agency grants to an institution or program for a limited period of time (no more than 5 years) to signify that the agency has determined the institution or program is progressing towards accreditation and has the potential to achieve compliance with the agency’s standards within a limited period of time.
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