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Dunwoody College Earns Reaffirmation of Accreditation by Higher Learning Commission

Dunwoody College of Technology, a leader in hands-on, technical education, is excited to announce it has received a reaffirmation of its accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The decision from the Institutional Actions Council of the HLC follows the completion of Dunwoody’s 10-year comprehensive evaluation in fall 2023.

Following the evaluation, the HLC determined that Dunwoody has successfully met all criteria and core components – with no concerns. Dunwoody’s next Reaffirmation of Accreditation will take place in 2033-2034.

Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, accreditation by the HLC is validation of the high quality of academic offerings provided at Dunwoody. In addition to academics, institutional accreditation evaluates the College as a whole, including governance and administration, adherence to mission, financial sustainability, and sufficiency of resources.

HLC accreditation also means Dunwoody students remain eligible to receive government funding for student financial aid.

“This decision by the HLC is a testament to the quality, rigor, and value of a Dunwoody education,” said President Rich Wagner. “Dunwoody remains focused on our mission of changing lives by building opportunities for graduates to have successful careers in high paying, in-demand technical fields. That commitment was evident throughout the evaluation process.”

In the final report, that dedication to Dunwoody’s mission was called out by the review panel: “In meetings with the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, and staff, the visiting team observed an unyielding commitment and passion for Dunwoody’s mission, as well as a collaborative, engaged and high-performance culture.”

The 10-year comprehensive evaluation takes place over a number of years, involves a multitude of stakeholders, and culminates in a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. Provost Scott Stallman extended a thank you to everyone who participated in the process, including faculty, staff, students, administrators, and the Board of Trustees.


Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, not-for-profit technical college in the Upper Midwest. Having provided hands-on, applied technical education to more than 250,000 individuals, Dunwoody is the college for experimenters and makers, a place where the curious and the confident learn by doing. Located in Minneapolis, Dunwoody offers a unique campus experience in dedicated labs, studios, and shops that prepares students for their future professions from day one. With certificates, associate’s, and bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors — including engineering, robotics, design and other STEM-related fields — Dunwoody challenges students to come determined and graduate destined.