The Council for Interior Design Accreditation has granted a six-year accreditation to the interior design program at Oklahoma Christian University. The Council accredits more than 150 programs across the country. This makes Oklahoma Christian only the third school in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities to have an accredited interior design program as well as one of a just a few accredited programs in Oklahoma.
“Receiving accreditation really benefits our students,” said interior design professor Amy Beauchamp. “Accredited programs are held to the highest standards of quality in the profession. This translates to better prepared graduates, especially in regard to applying for and taking the national certification exam.”
The rigorous accreditation process takes more than a year and a half to complete. The first step is to request an accreditation review, followed by a self-study that compares the program to CIDA standards. The next step is to complete a program analysis report, followed by a three-day site visit by a CIDA team. That team creates a report, and then CIDA’s accreditation commission makes its decision.
“Achieving accreditation is incredibly satisfying because our faculty, staff and students have been very dedicated to making this happen over the last year,” Beauchamp said.
According to CIDA, accredited programs help ensure that interior design students are prepared, responsible, informed and skilled at creating attractive, safe and comfortable spaces that respect the earth and its resources.
“We are honored to be approved for accreditation by such a selective and thorough institution,” said Allison Garrett, senior vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma Christian. “This furthers the interior design program’s mission to educate students for professional excellence. We are especially pleased to be able to offer a such a high-caliber program in the strong Christian environment that Oklahoma Christian provides.”
According to Beauchamp, Oklahoma Christian’s interior design program equips students to be creative and analytical thinkers, employing technical skills, innovative problem solving and the ability to execute design concepts and solutions effectively. It provides practical, relevant instruction, advocating professionalism, integrity and service to others in the design profession.
The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is an independent, nonprofit organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. For more than 35 years, the organization has identified, developed and promoted quality standards for the education of entry-level interior designers, and then encouraged, accredited and supported educational programs to aspire to those standards.