In 2023, Dunwoody College of Technology will be going through its HLC reaccreditation process. The College has already begun preparing for this comprehensive review and visit, which will include demonstrating our institutional effectiveness and providing evidence through an Assurance Argument that meets all HLC criteria for accreditation.

Dunwoody College follows the HLC’s Open Pathway process, and our HLC Reaccreditation Team is in the process of gathering evidence for our application, which will be followed by a site visit in October of 2023.

The Open Pathway is one of three options institutions have for maintaining their accreditation with the HLC. It follows a 10-year cycle and, like all pathways, is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement.

Quality Initiative

Launched in 2020, the Quality Initiative was developed to assess co-curricular learning of student organizations. The evidence emerging from this project will demonstrate Dunwoody’s commitment to quality, support of learning, and more.

Planning for the October 2023 Site Visit

First Day of Fall Semester classes 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the HLC?

HLC is a private not-for-profit company that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to act on its behalf as an institutional accrediting agency. Higher education is overseen by the “Triad,” which is made up of an accrediting body such as the HLC, a state’s higher education regulatory agency and the U.S. Department of Education, each with a distinct role in higher education oversight.

What is Accreditation and why is it important?

The goal of accreditation is to assure students, as well as parents and employers, that a college or university provides a quality educational experience.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education recognizes accreditation as a marker to allow the institution to disperse federal (Title IV) student financial aid.

What will happen during the visit?

During the visit, the team of Peer Reviewers will meet formally with students, staff, faculty, administrators, Board of Trustee members, and alumni. As they walk across campus they will also engage informally with the Dunwoody community. The team will seek to verify the information Dunwoody provided in its Assurance Argument. 

What can I do to prepare for the visit?

Throughout the coming year, Dunwoody will provide opportunities for its community to engage in preparatory sessions as part of the reaccreditation process. Information about these opportunities will be posted on this webpage, as well as in the DC Weekly/Dunwoody Observer.   

What is the result of the visit?

The team drafts its report within four to six weeks following the site visit. The institution may review the report and the team’s recommendations for errors of fact before the team submits its final report to HLC. The institution may also submit a response to the team report. The final team report and institutional response are then sent to the Institutional Actions Council for review and action.

HLC Reaccreditation Team

Federal Compliance

Criterion 1. Mission

Criterion 2. Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct

Bridget Reynolds, Dean of Instruction
breynolds@dunwoody.edu 

Pete Woxland, Registrar
pwoxland@dunwoody.edu

BreAnne Schwinghammer, Compliance Coordinator
bschwinghammer@dunwoody.edu

Jennifer McNeil, Executive Director of Marketing & Communications
jmcneil@dunwoody.edu

Jeff Wilhelmi, Controller
jwilhelmi@dunwoody.edu 

Craig Heinen, Human Resources Specialist
cheinen@dunwoody.edu 

Criterion 3. Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support

Criterion 4. Teaching And Learning: Evaluation and Improvement

Criterion 5. Institutional Effectiveness, Resources and Planning

Teresa Milligan, Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Specialist
tmilligan@dunwoody.edu

Bridget Reynolds, Dean of Instruction
breynolds@dunwoody.edu 

Teresa Milligan, Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Specialist
tmilligan@dunwoody.edu

Bridget Reynolds, Dean of Instruction
breynolds@dunwoody.edu 

Alissa Nystrom, Program Specialist, School of Design
anystrom@dunwoody.edu

Augustine Kietzer, Program Director, Pathways to Careers, Community Partnerships
akietzer@dunwoody.edu