Dakota County Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an independent corporation founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in 19 states in the North Central region, including Minnesota.
HLC accreditation provides valuable, external verification of the quality and integrity of DCTC academic and educational programs based on the college's institutional mission. According to the HLC Handbook of Accreditation: "The Higher Learning Commission is a membership organization whose members are the organizations accredited by a Commission. Therefore, the terms member organization and accredited organization are synonymous. Reference to membership is limited to accredited colleges and universities."