Oklahoma Christian University was selected as the 17th best interior design school for 2021, according to Intelligent.com, a reliable resource for degree rankings.
Grayson Ingram, a junior interior architecture major student at Oklahoma Christian, heard the news when he was in class.
“I personally was really excited and proud, and honestly a little surprised that we are known outside of Oklahoma,” Ingram said.
Sarah Parks, a senior interior architecture major at Oklahoma Christian, said their professors are a reason why their program was ranked in the top 50. Parks said Amy Beauchamp, the program chair for art and design and the director of interior architecture, works hard for the program and her students.
“Ms. Amy Beauchamp is hard on her students and she builds character that other programs don’t,” Parks said. “The program cultivates both the creative and technical side of interior architecture.”
Beauchamp talked about the reasons for the interior architectures program’s success on a press release from Eagle PR.
“I have a wonderful team of instructors who believes in the mission of OC, our students and our desire to create designers that make an impact in their spheres of influence around them and with that, Christ,” Beauchamp said. “The community they form as a program helps encourage the other to be better. That kind of relational building is irreplaceable, and will stay with them well past the classroom doors of OC.”
The official Oklahoma Christian website shared some information about Intelligent.com and how schools are ranked.
“There are several educational paths to becoming an interior designer,” Intelligent.com said. “Our list includes programs in interior design at the associate’s bachelor’s, and master’s degree level as well as a certificate program in interior design.”
Intelligent.com assessed 153 accredited colleges and universities in the nation and evaluated programs based on flexibility, course strength, cost and reputation. They calculated the score of each program and ranked them.
But for 2021, there were some additional ways to evaluate the programs. CISION PR Web talked about how the inspection standards for 2021 differed from other years.
“The 2021 rankings are calculated through a unique scoring system which includes student engagement, the potential return on investment and leading third party evaluations,” CISION PR Web said.
Intelligent.com reconsidered the evaluation standards for 2021 since the pandemic affected classroom dynamics.
“We reviewed programs that are offered online, in-person and in hybrid formats,” Intelligent.com said.
Intelligent.com certifies and has confidence in the ranking.
“All of the schools on our list are regionally accredited, meaning they meet the highest standards in quality for interior design education,” Intelligent.com said. “Most of the degrees have programmatic accreditation through the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) as another measure quality.”
CIDA-accredited programs, such as Oklahoma Christian’s, help students practice being professional interior designers. Ingram shared some expectations for students in the interior design program.
“The interior design program at Oklahoma Christian is not easy, and the professors expect excellence from us,” Ingram said. “But it is a reason why I choose to come to Oklahoma Christian for interior design.”
The interior architecture program at Oklahoma Christian makes students get motivated and creative. Ingram talked about the effective learning environment of the interior design program.
“The environment among the students is very positive,” Ingram said. “We get excited about each other’s projects and encourage each other through the really hard and easy days, which I believe are the biggest strengths of the program and that is why we are in top 50.”
For the 2021 academic year, Oklahoma Christian is a great choice for students looking to learn professional skills in the interior design field. Ingram shared some advice for future Oklahoma Christian students thinking about majoring in interior design.
“For the future eagles that are coming in they should be expected to work hard, learn to be detail-oriented while still being able to see the big (picture), and open to learning the names of thousands of chairs,” Ingram said.
Beauchamp added on Eagle PR press release that the honor has a great effect for students.
“Increasing accolade visibility from a different platform can give current and future students ‘bragging rights,’ so to speak, and that can open additional doors for networking within the industry,” Beauchamp said.