Southeast interior design program earns CIDA Accreditation


Southeast Missouri State University’s Bachelor of Science in human environmental studies, interior design option, has received six-year accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). The accreditation follows an application process, self-study and program analysis report, and site visit to the campus last November, and means the program has fulfilled the Council’s set standards for postsecondary interior design education.

CIDA, an international non-profit organization that accredits programs in the United States and Canada, uses internationally recognized educational standards to review programs.

“Accreditation affirms Southeast’s program to be nationally recognized, meeting the highest standards for interior design education,” said Dr. Michelle Brune, professor of interior design at Southeast. “This is an amazing accomplishment for the staff, faculty and University to continue to strive for academic excellence and student success,” said Brune.

The program strives to develop interior design professionals who critically apply core design and technical knowledge that reflect global and sustainable perspectives within the built environment. Southeast’s interior design program is now one of four programs in Missouri accredited by CIDA. In addition to CIDA, Southeast’s interior design program also is accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

“Southeast offers one of the highest standards of interior design education at the best value,” said Nicole Norwitz Beaton, instructor of interior design at Southeast. “It’s exciting we’ll be able to offer students an amazing program that competes with top tier institutions across the nation.”



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