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Accreditation visit brings Pima praise, scorn

Accreditation visit brings Pima praise, scorn

By EDDIE CELAYA   The Higher Learning Commission’s “focus visit” wrapped up Sept. 27 with a forum for invited community members. That meeting created little drama, unlike a more exclusive forum held between HLC reviewers and critics of the college earlier in the day. Reviewers were present on all PCC campuses throughout Monday, Sept. 26, […]

PCC awaits accreditation ‘focus visit’

PCC awaits accreditation ‘focus visit’

By EDDIE CELAYA Pima Community College’s long struggle to maintain its accreditation may be coming to an end, according to college officials. The Higher Learning Commission will make a “focus visit” to all PCC campuses Sept. 26-27. Its governing board will then meet in February 2017 to review Pima’s accreditation status. The HLC is an […]

Pima addresses accreditation

Pima addresses accreditation

By MICHEAL ROMERO Pima Community College has released a report that summarizes the college’s efforts to comply with standards of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. The report, made available to employees for feedback on March 28, chronicles the steps taken by various councils to overhaul systems put into place by the college to ensure […]

Pima plugs away at accreditation

Pima plugs away at accreditation

by AUDRIE FORD Pima Community College officials continue to make progress rectifying concerns regarding the college’s accreditation status. On Nov. 2, Acting Provost Dolores Durán-Cerda and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Accreditation Bruce Moses sent an email to Pima’s faculty and staff to inform them of the status of Pima’s accreditation. The update is part of […]

PCC creates accreditation specialist job

PCC creates accreditation specialist job

BY NICK MEYERS Pima Community College has hired Bruce Moses as vice chancellor for accreditation. He will begin work on March 2. The college created the position to maintain accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission. Chancellor Lee Lambert said the new position will provide leadership to fulfill a critical function. “It is necessary […]

Experts offer opinions, advice on Pima’s future

Experts offer opinions, advice on Pima’s future

By ANDREW PAXTON Pima Community College brought in two experts to explain to students, faculty and staff exactly what probation means for the college, and what steps should be taken in the future. The college held a series of forums May 2-3 to share insights with the community Speakers were Karen Solomon, a vice president […]

BREAKING NEWS: PIMA ON PROBATION

BREAKING NEWS: PIMA ON PROBATION

By ANDREW PAXTON Pima Community College has been informed by its accreditor that the college has been placed on probation. The Higher Learning Commission’s Board of Trustee’s posted a public notice on April 17 explaining its decision. “The Board based its action on the findings of an evaluation conducted as a result of complaints received […]

College responds to report, seeks probation alternative

College responds to report, seeks probation alternative

By CHELO GRUBB Pima Community College responded to a highly critical report by the college’s accreditor by acknowledging problems but making a case to avoid probation. The report, submitted to the Higher Learning Commission, outlined several breeches of accreditation standards. None of the concerns questioned the quality of Pima’s educational programs. “Probation would have significant […]

Credits will transfer despite probation, universities say

Credits will transfer despite probation, universities say

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 […]

Protesters urge accreditation suspension of Pima Community College

Protesters urge accreditation suspension of Pima Community College

 By CHELO GRUBB The Coalition for Accountability, Integrity, Respect and Responsibility has sent a letter recommending that Pima Community College be placed on probation by the organization that accredits the college. C-FAIRR, a local organization formed in February 2012, claims the college inadequately handled multiple situations, including claims of sexual harassment against former Chancellor Roy […]

AZTEC PRESS EDITORIAL: Don't risk Pima accreditation

AZTEC PRESS EDITORIAL: Don’t risk Pima accreditation

Over the last nine months, Pima Community College has generated concern throughout the community. Eight women filed claims of sexual harassment against then-Chancellor Roy Flores. Flores retired from Pima, but almost managed to maintain another year of his six-figure salary to do unspecified consultant work. Widespread uproar erupted when the governing board considered skipping a […]