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GPTC gets "A" from accreditation agency

CLARKSTON — Georgia Piedmont Technical College has completed the 10-year review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges 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 examined the college's operations to determine its compliance with core requirements, comprehensive standards, federal requirements and the quality enhancement plan of the college's accreditation process by the Commission on Colleges.

During Thursday's exit interview, the 10-member reaffirmation committee explained that it found the college in compliance with all aspects of college accreditation standards. There were no findings or recommendations for improvement.

Mark V. Smith, vice president of the Commission on Colleges, said GPTC was exemplary.

"I've been doing this since the mid-1980s. I've never left a college reaffirmation visit without any recommendations," he said.

The review comes after 13 questions were cited by an off-site team earlier this year in which 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.

New GPTC President Jabari Simama issued a collegewide memo, congratulating the reaffirmation leadership team headed by Tanya Gorman, vice president of academic affairs and the SACSCOC liaison, as well as the Quality Enhancement Plan chair Catrenia McLendon.

"I want to congratulate the entire Georgia Piedmont Technical College family for a job well done on the SACS visit and QEP," said Simama in his message to GPTC faculty and staff.

The reaffirmation committee chair will now collect all of the narrative data presented by GPTC coupled with the committee's notes from the on-site review and will compile a complete report which will be sent to the college for verification of factual data.

Final review and decision will occur in June with the SACSCOC summer meeting, during which the report will be given to the COC board of trustees for its final ruling on reaccreditation.

GPTC, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, has nine centers of learning in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. It has more than 5,000 students enrolled in diploma or degree programs and more than 9,000 in adult education classes.