By CHELO GRUBB
I came to Pima in Fall 2010 directly after graduating from high school. Pima ended up being a lot better for me than I expected, giving me opportunities to succeed.
During my time here, the college has dealt with fallout from the Loughner shooting, allegations of sexual misconduct against the former head of the college and criticism from the community on how those situations were handled.
Now, the college is potentially facing a bigger obstacle. Pima is currently waiting to hear from its accreditor about the college’s future.
A series of complaints made against former Chancellor Roy Flores, the governing board and other senior-level administrators prompted the Higher Learning Commission to send a “fact-finding” team to the college.
Accreditation ensures educational institutions meet acceptable levels of quality. It also allows credits taken at the college to transfer to other higher education institutions.
The HLC has the ability to revoke or put the college’s accreditation on probation, or to force corrective action.
The HLC’s team of anonymous individuals came to PCC in January, setting aside time to meet with college administrators, critics of the college and members of the community who schedule appointments.
Interim Chancellor Suzanne Miles sent an email to all Pima employees on Jan. 20 saying the HLC had completed its visit and that the college will hear back from the HLC in four to six weeks. The six-week mark fell on March 3, but the college hasn’t announced any communication with the HLC.
I’m not saying the college isn’t in need of a little maintenance. I’ve been at the board meetings; I’ve heard the complaints. I know Pima has work to do.
I just hope, through whatever changes the college is instructed to make, Pima will still be the encouraging, warm and interesting place that kicked off my college education.
Grubb, 20, has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Pima Community College. She hopes future students will also be inspired by their time at the college.