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August 03, 2007
Gwinnett Tech's Accreditation Reaffirmed by Commission on Colleges
Credential by Regional Accrediting Body Signifies Gwinnett Tech Supports Higher Education with Appropriate Purpose, Resources
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has reaffirmed Gwinnett Technical College's accreditation standing.
After two years of preparation, Gwinnett Tech underwent intense reporting and review by a team assigned by the Commission on Colleges from March of 2006 (off-site evaluation) through October of 2006 (on-site evaluation). Re-affirmation will not be required again until 2017.
Gwinnett Tech was one of the first technical colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia to seek and be awarded accreditation. The college has been accredited since 1991.
Regional accreditation is the highest level of accreditation a school can attain, and the standards by which regionally accredited schools are evaluated and held are the most stringent.
"It is a priority at Gwinnett Tech that we pursue and achieve top credentials like accreditation by the Commission on Colleges so that the college remains competitive and attains the highest level of educational excellence," said Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Bartels.
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is the recognized regional accrediting body in the 11 U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees. The Commission on Colleges is the representative body of the College Delegate Assembly and is charged with carrying out the accreditation process.
To gain or maintain accreditation with the Commission on Colleges, an institution must comply with the standards contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the Commission on Colleges. The Commission on Colleges applies the requirements of its Principles to all applicant, candidate, and member institutions, regardless of type of institution (public, private for-profit, private not-for-profit). When an institution has earned accreditation by the Commission on Colleges, it signifies that it has "a purpose appropriate to higher education and has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that purpose."
Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College.
To learn more about Gwinnett Tech, call 770-962-7580 or visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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About Gwinnett Tech
Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of the region it serves. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech's service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.