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General Information

Name of Institution: SelfDesign Graduate Institute (SDGI)
Address: 1807 McKenzie Avenue Bellingham, Washington 98225
Year Founded: 2011 First Accredited: Applying Accreditation Renewal: Not yet
Accreditation and Agency Email Contacts: www.deac.org  info@deac.org
State Approval and Email Contact: Tivoli Sharp TivoliS@wsac.wa.gov
First authorized by Washington State government: 2011
Reauthorized: 2013, 2015
Participation in Funding Programs: No external programs, SDGI scholarships only

Mission & Description

Institution Mission Statement

SelfDesign is centered on the understanding that we as human beings have the capacity to author our own lives from a place of resourcefulness, creativity, and possibility. At every step in the life cycle from early childhood to elderhood, we can lead and design our own learning through spirals of discovery, introspection, integration, and expression.

SelfDesign as an understanding of human potential leads to SelfDesign as a learner-directed, enthusiasm-based educational methodology, based on curiosity, wonder, joy, and integrity. SelfDesign promotes authentic self-discovery and respect for the rights of all learners, young and old, to assume responsibility for their own learning paths.

While SelfDesign begins with the individual, it is also centered on the understanding that human beings live within webs of living systems: family; community; ethnic, religious, and national groups; humanity; ecological niche, bioregion, and planet. So both as a philosophical stance and as an educational methodology, SelfDesign focuses on the individual in the context her/his identity within all of these living systems.

The SelfDesign Graduate Institute offers graduate programs that engage its learners in learning about SelfDesign both as a philosophical stance and as an educational methodology while employing the values and methods of SelfDesign. The intent of these programs is to prepare learners to act effectively in societies throughout the world to facilitate and foster SelfDesign programs and experiences—and many other kinds of learning experiences and programs aligned in values with SelfDesign—for people of all ages in a variety of settings, including mediated-and-networked homeschooling, schools, colleges, communities, and various adult learning contexts.

The fundamental belief within SelfDesign is that the more that human beings can discover and enact their own life designs and purposes, the more they will be able to contribute to the creation of a peaceful, sustainable global society on this planet.

Areas of Special Focus

SelfDesign, Postmodern Schooling and Integral Learning, Designing Learning Community, Learning experiences and programs aligned in values with SelfDesign

Description of Institution: selfdesigninstitute.org

Learner Demographic Profile

Learners range in age from 24 to 64. Currently the majority of learners are women. Learners live in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Germany, China, Taiwan, and New Zealand.

Courses/Programs/Degree: selfdesigninstitute.org

Program Tuition: $1392 USD per 3 credit course; $1528 CAD per 3 credit course

Success Indicators

Graduation rate

  • 15% have graduated
  • 17% on target to graduate in 2017
  • 58% matriculating on time toward graduation
  • 7% withdrew during or after first course—online program did not work for them
  • 3% withdrew after more than one course

Percentage of learners surveyed who responded that they—

  • Achieved their learning goals: 97% (2016); 100% (2015)
  • Would recommend the institution to a friend: 100% (2016); 100% (2015)
  • Were satisfied with their studies: 97% (2016); 100% (2015)

Other Disclosure of Outcomes

None are applicable (pass rate in licensure exam; received job promotion or salary increase; acceptance at other schools; pass rates on exams; gained a new job; other indicators

The SelfDesign Graduate Institute is made possible through an Agency Agreement between the SelfDesign Learning Foundation and the SelfDesign Foundation.