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GPTC Gets "A" on Report Card from Accreditation Agency

Clarkston, GA - September 27, 2012

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC – Formerly DeKalb 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 welcome news to GPTC's administration and core review planning team.  The ten-member reaffirmation committee found the college in compliance with all aspects of college accreditation standards.  There were no findings or recommendations for improvement.  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 excellent 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.

GPTC president, Dr. Jabari Simama issued a college-wide memo congratulating the reaffirmation leadership team headed by Dr. Tanya Gorman, vice president of academic affairs and the SACSCOC liaison, as well as the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) 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 included: Dr. Myrtes D. Green, Committee Chair – Assistant to the President, T.A. Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, AL; Dean Leigh Ann Collins – VP of Instruction, Wharton County Junior College in Wharton, TX; Elizabeth Edwards – Director of Instructional Research, Itawamba Community College in Fulton, MS; Harold N. Hawley – VP for Business Affairs, Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Conway, SC; Dr. Sheryl Kappus – President, Hill College, Hillsboro, TX; Dan P. Smith – VP for Student Affairs and Chief of Staff, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Senatobia, MS; Dr. Dean E. Sprinkle – VP of Instruction and Student Services, Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, NC; QEP Evaluator – Dr. Hui-Yin Hsu – Associate Professor, Teacher Education School of Education and Coordinator of College Reading Program, New York Institution of Technology, Old Westbury, NY; Observer – Dr. Rigoberto Rincones Gomez – Associate VP of Instructional Research, Planning and Effectiveness, Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, FL.; COC Staff Representative – Dr. Mark V. Smith – VP – Commission on Colleges.

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 2013 with the SACSCOC Summer Meeting during which the report will be given to the COC board of trustees for its final ruling on reaccreditation.

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at

A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.