GPTC gets ‘A’ on ac­cred­i­ta­tion re­port

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Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege has com­pleted the 10-year re­view by the South­ern As­so­ci­a­tion of Col­leges and Schools Com­mis­sion on Col­leges (SACSCOC) for reaf­fir­ma­tion of its ac­cred­i­ta­tion. Years of prepa­ra­tion cul­mi­nated in an on-site re­view by a team of vis­it­ing aca­demic pro­fes­sion­als from the south­east­ern re­gion of the coun­try. Dur­ing the three day visit the reaf­fir­ma­tion com­mit­tee metic­u­lously combed through ev­ery as­pect of the col­lege’s op­er­a­tions to de­ter­mine the Col­lege’s com­pli­ance with the Core Re­quire­ments, Com­pre­hen­sive Stan­dards, Fed­eral Re­quire­ments, and the Qual­ity En­hance­ment Plan of the col­lege’s ac­cred­i­ta­tion process by the Com­mis­sion on Col­leges.

Thurs­day’s exit in­ter­view brought wel­comed news to GPTC’s ad­min­is­tra­tion and core re­view plan­ning team. The 10-mem­ber reaf­fir­ma­tion com­mit­tee found the col­lege in com­pli­ance with all as­pects of col­lege ac­cred­i­ta­tion stan­dards. There were no find­ings or rec­om­men­da­tions for im- prove­ment. Dr. Mark V. Smith, Vice Pres­i­dent of the Com­mis­sion on Col­leges said GPTC was ex­em­plary. “I’ve been do­ing this since the mid-1980’s. I’ve never left a col­lege reaf­fir­ma­tion visit with­out any rec­om­men­da­tions,” said Smith.

This re­view comes af­ter 13 ques­tions were cited by the Off-site Team ear­lier this year where com­pli­ance with stan­dards were in ques­tion. Re­sponse to these 13 items was pro­vided by the Col­lege in a Fo­cused Re­port to which the On-Site Com­mit­tee de­ter­mined com­pli­ance with all stan­dards.

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