BYU-Idaho’s Department of Interior Design was awarded April 23 with the 2011 Excellence in Education Award.
The award itself has last year’s date on it because the submittal date was in November.
“This is the fifth consecutive year that BYU-Idaho has earned the award,” said Wendy Harris, a faculty member and the National Kitchen and Bath Association accredited program coordinator.
This year was particularly significant because there is a newly revised scoring sheet used by the judges that increased the required level of performance, Harris said.
This new method of scoring requires submittals to have a high average score.
“The student work submittals must score an average 94 percent or above for the accredited and sported colleges or universities to earn the Excellence in Education Award,” Harris said.
Only two other colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada earned the award this year.
Harris said this award reflects on the quality of teaching and student learning at accredited/sported colleges and universities.
Another endorsement that BYU-I gets annually is the National Kitchen and Bath Association accreditation.
“In order to maintain accreditation, we must submit annually two student work samples that are solutions for the NKBA Student Design Competition,” Harris said.
Accreditation is the act of formally issuing credentials to a person, gro or organization for competency and authority. The Interior Design Department was first accredited (formerly endorsed) by NKBA in 1993. Programs are currently re-accredited every five years, Harris said.
To some of the students, the program and the competition is challenging and time-consuming.
“When I completed my kitchen project my sophomore year, I really wanted to enter it in the next year NKBA Competition,” said Marina Denton, a senior studying interior design.
“This was a challenge because the 3rd year fall semester is notorious in the program for the intensity of the design projects. Needless to say, time was very limited and I sacrificed much of it to perfect my kitchen project.”
Harris shared her feelings on the success of students in the department.
“The excellence of our students and their work has brought significant national exposure to the Interior Design Program at BYU-Idaho,” Harris said. “We are considered one of the top kitchen and bath schools in the country.”