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ACU's interior design program receives national accreditation

August 23, 2005

The interior design program at Abilene Christian University has been awarded national accreditation by the Foundation for Interior Design Education and Research (FIDER). FIDER is the sole accrediting body for interior design degree-granting institutions.

“FIDER Accreditation is a testament to the high standards evidenced in our curriculum and the quality of our students’ work,” said Kitty Wasemiller, professor and director of ACU’s interior design program. “The results of this in-depth evaluation of our program attest to the ongoing success of our graduates and the goals for excellence set by our very talented faculty.”

There are 145 accredited interior design programs in the United States, Canada and Qatar. ACU is the only FIDER accredited program offered among schools affiliated with Churches of Christ. Thirteen schools in Texas have achieved FIDER accreditation.

FIDER’s rigorous accreditation process includes a review of programs using internationally recognized educational standards that are applied to programs that provide a professional level of education. Following a self-study conducted by a program's faculty and administration, a visiting team of practitioners and educators makes a peer evaluation, which is sent to the FIDER Accreditation Commission for a final accreditation decision. FIDER then decides whether to grant six-year accreditation or to deny accreditation. More information about FIDER can be found at http://www.fider.org.

ACU’s Bachelor of Science in interior design is offered through the Department of Art and Design. Information about the degree can be found on the ACU website at http://www.acu.edu/academics/cas/art.html. Examples of student work produced in the curriculum can be found by using the gallery links at http://www.acu.edu/academics/cas/art/students.html

The interior design program joins eight other programs at ACU that have received a specialized national accreditation: College of Business Administration, Graduate School of Theology, graduate program in communication disorders, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, Department of Music and the social work program.

The Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER)
The Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER), founded in 1970, is an international non-profit organization that accredits postsecondary interior design education programs in the United States and Canada. Its primary purpose is to ensure a high level of quality in interior design education to meet the needs of students, the interior design profession, and society.

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