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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 […]

AZTEC PRESS SPECIAL REPORT: What's your deadline?

AZTEC PRESS SPECIAL REPORT: What’s your deadline?

By JAMIE VERWYS On the greener side of Pima Community College’s probationary status with the Higher Learning Commission, the need to inform is more important than ever. With the commitment to change made by the administration at Pima, there is simply more critical news to be relayed. The Aztec Press has faced issues when dealing […]

PCC off probation, on ‘notice’

PCC off probation, on ‘notice’

By ANDREW PAXTON Pima Community College has emerged from probation nearly two years after sanctions were first placed on the college. The Higher Learning Commission, Pima’s accrediting body, announced the decision following an annual meeting by the commission’s board of trustees. However, the college remains “on notice,” meaning it must continue to make improvements and […]

College expects probation to be lifted

College expects probation to be lifted

By ANDREW PAXTON Pima Community College may soon have probation lifted, but lack of evidence means monitoring will likely continue for years to come. The Higher Learning Commission, Pima’s accrediting body, sent a fact-finding team last September to determine if deficiencies discovered during a 2013 visit had been remedied. The team interviewed more than 100 […]

PCC probation hinges upon upcoming visit

PCC probation hinges upon upcoming visit

By ANDREW PAXTON Pima Community College has submitted its Self-Study Report to the college’s accrediting body in the latest move required for PCC to have sanctions removed. The Higher Learning Commission placed Pima on probation in April 2013 following a fact-finding team’s discovery of multiple leadership violations and a “culture of fear” at the college. […]

HLC probation Q&A: What is it and why should I care?

HLC probation Q&A: What is it and why should I care?

By ANDREW PAXTON Why is Pima on probation? The Higher Learning Commission, the college’s accrediting body, placed Pima Community College on probation in April 2013 following a visit by a fact-finding team. That team found numerous administrative shortcomings and “a culture of fear and retaliation” at the college. Among the violations the team found was […]

Comments show PCC still has work to do ahead of HLC visit

Comments show PCC still has work to do ahead of HLC visit

By ANDREW PAXTON Pima Community College still has a long road ahead to fix the problems found by its accreditor last year, according to comments made by employees and students on the college’s Draft Self-Study Report. Most of the 64 comments on the report highlighted technical rewrites or addressed errors of fact. Many of those […]

Pima readies for HLC visit

Pima readies for HLC visit

By ANDREW PAXTON Pima Community College is addressing probation by posting a draft of its Self-Study Report online on May 12. The report is the next phase of the process as Pima moves to emerge from sanctions imposed by the Higher Learning Commission last year. The HLC noted numerous deficiencies in leadership and a “culture […]

Interim manager assumes dual roles

Interim manager assumes dual roles

By SHAQ DAVIS Mark McCabe, who worked at Pima Community College for 27 years as a counselor and dean of students, has come back to work at PCC. He was  first hired on a part-time basis Dec. 17 to help Pima maintain its accreditation. “If the college needs my assistance in some area, I talk […]

PCC facing drop-off in enrollment

PCC facing drop-off in enrollment

By EBONY STOGLIN An unwavering drop in enrollment at Pima Community College has officials taking action. Twenty-four faculty members and administrators have come together to form a task force that focuses on increasing enrollment rates and figuring out why they are suddenly dropping. There has also been talk of hiring a consultant. “We are bringing […]

AZTEC PRESS EDITORIAL: Board recall effort misdirects energy

AZTEC PRESS EDITORIAL: Board recall effort misdirects energy

Pima Community College is currently on institutional probation and could face a loss of accreditation if operational changes aren’t made. Pima’s accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, identified numerous failures during a visit last January. It placed much of the blame on PCC’s leadership, including the board of governors. Community business leaders, faculty, staff and […]

PCC names Lambert new chancellor

PCC names Lambert new chancellor

Compiled from a PCC press release Pima Community College has hired Lee D. Lambert as chancellor. At a special meeting on May 17, the PCC governing board voted unanimously to enter into a three-year contract with Lambert. Since 2006, Lambert has been president of Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, Wash. “I am honored and pleased […]

OPINION: Board members must reform or resign

OPINION: Board members must reform or resign

By ANDREW PAXTON When the Higher Learning Commission’s liaison spoke to Pima Community College’s governing board on May 3, her message was very clear. “We expect our institutions to provide information and be transparent with information being provided to the student body and constituents,” Karen Solomon, a vice president with the HLC, told the board. […]

Students, community hold rally to support Pima

Students, community hold rally to support Pima

By ANDREW PAXTON More than 150 students, faculty, staff and members of the community held a solidarity rally and then marched to show support for Pima Community College and a desire for change. The rally began at 5:30 p.m. at Burns Park on May 8, the same day as a scheduled Board of Governors’ meeting. […]

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 […]