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
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.