SDI Success Indicators:
Success measures for the Institute are evidence of student learning which quantify and monitor the instructional experience of SDI students. The academic assessment process provides the means for governing and monitoring the educational experience of our students, and gathering evidence of student learning.
|Success Indicator||ASFT Rate||Certificate Rate|
|Average Completion/Graduation Rate||55%||no data|
|Students Surveyed who said they achieved their learning Goals||96%||95%|
|Students Surveyed who would recommend SDI to a friend||95%||96%|
|Students Surveyed who were satisfied with their studies||95%||95%|
Information reported is for the calendar year 2015 as reported to DEAC for the annual report.
Sonoran Desert Institute is open throughout the year to serve current, prospective and prior students.
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (MST)
Friday 8:00 a.m. – noon (MST)
Note that Arizona does not switch to daylight savings time. Therefore, the office hours remain Mountain Standard Time year-round.
Sonoran Desert Institute honors the following holidays. The administrative office will therefore be closed on these dates. When the holidays fall on the weekend, SDI will typically align with the Federal observance, usually the Friday prior or the Monday following such holiday. Current students will be informed of specific office closures by email and/or website updates.
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Day
- President’s Day (Washington’s Birthday)
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veterans’ Day
- Thanksgiving Friday
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
Please visit the Academic Calendar page of our website for the most current calendar information.
Name of Institution: Sonoran Desert Institute
Address: 8767 East Via de Ventura, Ste. 126, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Year Founded: 2000
First Accredited: 2004
Accreditation Expires: June 2018
CEO/President: Paul Zagnoni
Accreditation(s) and Agency E-mail Contact Information:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission
1601 18th Street, N.W., Suite 2
Washington, D.C. 20009-2505
Phone: (202) 234-5100
Fax: (202) 332-1386
State Approval and E-mail Contact Information:
Sonoran Desert Institute is licensed and regulated by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.
Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
1400 W. Washington Street, Room 260
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2939
Phone: (602) 542-5709
Fax: (602) 542-1253
For online students residing in other states please see the following for a list of state regulatory agencies Consumer Protection Agencies.
Participation in Funding Programs: GI Bill, DANTES, Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Company reimbursement programs, payment plans.
Students of Sonoran Desert Institute will develop advanced job skills empowering them to be outstanding employees and responsible workplace leaders. These graduates will make decisions based on sound judgment, technical competency, and an awareness of the connections of their academic discipline, the workplace, and their community. Each graduate will be committed to improving their workplace knowledge and skills. Sonoran Desert Institute will accomplish these outcomes by continually improving its curricula, instructional delivery, and customer service, while successfully building partnerships with the students, the community, and the industries it serves.
Mission & Description:
Institution Mission Statement: “Sonoran Desert Institute is committed to adding value to our students’ lives by providing innovative, relevant and applicable workplace driven education through distance delivered instruction. Through our professional practices and academic integrity, students will develop skills that will ensure each graduate has a labor market advantage.”
Vision, mission, and purposes of Sonoran Desert Institute are reviewed, appended if necessary, and approved by the SDI Board of Trustees each year at its annual meeting.
Description of Institution: The Sonoran Desert Institute, or SDI to our students and faculty, is an accredited online and distance learning school providing undergraduate degree, diploma and certificate programs in firearms technology, gunsmithing, and a wide array of construction services.
Courses/Programs/Degrees: Associate of Science in Firearms Technology degree; Advanced Gunsmithing Certificate; Gunsmithing Certificate; Ballistics & Reloading Certificate; Home Inspection Certificate; Arizona Specialized Short Course; Home Inspection Apprenticeship; Home Inspection Exam Preparation; Solar Power: Photovoltaic Installer; Solar Technology National Exam Preparation; Medical Administration and Office Management: Specialization in Coding and Billing Certificate; Medical Office Management: Specialization in Billing and Coding Certificate; Medical Billing & Coding Specialist Certificate; Medical Billing & Coding Certificate.