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WHAT IS ACCREDITATION?
Accreditation is a status granted to an institution that meets or exceeds the stated criteria of educational quality. The purposes of accreditation are to assess and enhance the educational quality of an institution, to assure consistency in institutional operations, to promote institutional improvement, and to provide for public accountability.
INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION – WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)WASC Senior College and University Commission
Design Institute of San Diego is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 1001 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 402, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001. WSCUC is a regional accrediting agency serving a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific as well as a limited number of institutions outside the U.S. Through its work of peer review, based on standards agreed to by the membership, the Commission encourages continuous institutional improvement and assures the membership and its constituencies, including the public, that accredited institutions are fulfilling their missions in service to their students and the public good. WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in a number of programs, including student access to federal financial aid.
As a member of WSCUC accredited schools, DISD participates in a periodic accreditation review and assessment by an accreditation team who conducts an onsite review. The visiting team assesses the level at which the institution meets the WSCUC accreditation criteria and then the team formalizes their findings into a team report with recommendations that are presented to the WSCUC Commission. Design Institute of San Diego is committed to the accreditation process and to continued reflection and opportunities for institutional improvement.
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PROGRAM ACCREDITATION – Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
The Interior Design Degree Program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree at Design Institute is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org. 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.
The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree granted by Design Institute of San Diego meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.
Established in 1970, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) has focused its efforts specifically on the educational requirements necessary to prepare individuals for the practice of interior design. Through the constant analysis of the needs of the interior design profession and with input from both practitioners and educators, the CIDA standards address the necessary skills and knowledge to practice as an interior designer.
CIDA sets standards for postsecondary interior design education, evaluates college and university interior design programs, and publishes a list of accredited programs that meet the standards. CIDA is recognized as a reliable authority on interior design education by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA).
CIDA's mission is to provide the foundation for excellence in the interior design profession by setting standards for education and accrediting academic programs that meet those standards. Accreditation is a voluntary process. Accreditation's primary purpose is to provide quality assurance for protection of the public.
Who is the public CIDA serves?
CIDA serves students who are seeking or attending interior design programs by ensuring that baseline knowledge, skills, and educational credentials are acquired to ensure success in the profession.
CIDA serves programs through maintaining up to date standards that reflect the requirements of employers and industry and thus providing a tool for continual development by which programs maintain currency with professional requirements.
CIDA serves employers by ensuring that interior design education meets baseline requirements for preparation to practice.
CIDA serves the profession by strengthening interior design education, the foundation upon which the profession is built.
STATE OF CALIFORNIA INSTITUTIONAL APPROVAL
Design Institute of San Diego is a private institution approved to operate as an Accredited Institution in the State of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education through February 28, 2024. Approval means compliance with state standards as set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009.
A student, or any member of the public, may file a complaint relating to Title IV eligibility or administration, or the quality of education received at the institution. Complaints can be directed to the institution directly to the office of student services and/or to The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) by calling (888) 370-7589 toll free or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s website, www.bppe.ca.gov.
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