Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-04-06

Samford University’s interior design department has received full six-year re-accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the international accrediting organization for postsecondary interior design education programs in the U.S. and Canada.


Fewer than 200 schools in the U.S. and Canada carry CIDA accreditation.

The Samford department first received accreditation in 2000, when the accrediting organization was known as Foundation for Interior Design Education and Research (FIDER).

Steps in the accreditation process include a self-study to determine program readiness, program analysis, and a four-day site review by a visiting team.

A significant component in the site visit involves evaluating student work as an indicator of the adequacy of the required curriculum based on the CIDA 2009 Professional Standards. Student learning is evaluated for demonstration of knowledge, understanding, ability, skills, appropriate application and competency.

Department chair Jeannie Krumdieck, IIDA, attributes the success of the program not only to her faculty and the high caliber of her students, but to the Birmingham architectural and interior design community who have contributed much time and energy to the Samford program.