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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.
CIDA ACCREDITED INTERIOR DESIGN DEGREE PROGRAM
The Interior Design Degree Program leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree at Design Institute is a professional level program accredited by CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation), www.accredit-id.org.
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.
Design Institute of San Diego is currently accredited directly by the United States Department of Education and is permitted to continue to award federal financial aid to its U.S. students who qualify, through June 12th of 2018 by the authority of the Provisional Program Participation Agreement the college has signed with the Department of Education in December of 2016. Department of Education provisional approval resulted from The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), one of the longest established national accreditors of academic institutions in the United States, loss of approval by the United States Department of Education (DoE), as of December 12, 2016.
Design Institute has made continuous progress and has met all required time lines toward gaining additional accreditation with an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education within the allotted 18 months in order to maintain eligibility to receive funds under Title IV, HEA programs.
WASC SENIOR COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY COMMISSION (WSCUC) ELIGIBILITY TO PROCEED WITH AN APPLICATION FOR CANDIDACY AND INITIAL ACCREDITATION AND STATUS FOLLOWING THE INSTITUTIONS SEEKING ACCREDITATION VISIT ONE.
Design Institute of San Diego had its Seeking Accreditation Visit One, by a WSCUC accreditation team on September 12-14, 2017. the WSCUC accreditation visiting team found that DISD had achieved a sufficient level of compliance with WSCUC’s four Standards for Initial Accreditation. The team will present its report to the WSCUC Commission and the full WSCUC Commission will make its own independent judgment in February 2018 with the team’s finding a crucial part of their decision.
Questions about Eligibility may be directed to the institution or to WSCUC at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 748-9001.
Should Design Institute not receive accreditation with an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education by June 12th, 2018, Design Institute would no longer be eligible to receive funds under Title IV, HEA Programs.
STATE OF CALIFORNIA INSTITUTIONAL APPROVAL
Design Institute of San Diego is a private institution approved to operate in the State of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education through May 15, 2022. 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, the quality of education received at the institution, or otherwise relating to the accreditation standards of ACICS. 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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