By CHELO GRUBB
Each of Arizona’s three state universities have written letters assuring Pima Community College that transfers will still be accepted even if the college is placed under probation.
The letters from Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University are available on the college’s accreditation page.
“The joint role that the UA and PCC play in meeting Tucson and Arizona’s higher education needs is one of our communities strengths, and one that must remain well coordinated for our educational missions to be successful,” Ann Weaver Hart, UA president, said in a letter dated March 25.
“As Pima completes its search for permanent leadership, your students and faculty can know that they have a steady partner in the University of Arizona,” the letter said.
College administrators have been working to reassure students that, from an academic standpoint, the college is still functioning normally.
The college held a series of information sessions for students with questions about Pima’s accreditation.
During an April 2 information session at Downtown Campus, Pima Provost Jerry Migler noted that academic concerns were “notably absent” from the Higher Learning Commissions’ report.
“Are we going to lose accreditation? If we did nothing, I guess theoretically that could happen,” Migler said. “If you want a personal opinion, no, we’re not going to lose our accreditation.”
Migler said he has spent about 20 years doing peer reviews with the HLC. From his experience, he thinks it is unlikely Pima will be in serious jeopardy.
“The HLC doesn’t want to take our accreditation away, they want us to fix our problems,” Migler said.
“Our issues are serious but fixable,” Migler said in the meeting, echoing a statement that has been prevalent among administrators since the problems became public.