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Funding cuts, enrollment drops equal massive PCC budget woes

Funding cuts, enrollment drops equal massive PCC budget woes

By BRIANNA HERNANDEZ Elimination of state funding and continuing drops in enrollment have left Pima Community College officials facing tough budget decisions. Proposed solutions have generated talk of possible tuition hikes, layoffs, campus closings, spending cuts and elimination of programs. “As you look at the impacts of no state support, declining enrollment, you have to […]

College in stretch run with accreditor

College in stretch run with accreditor

By EDDIE CELAYA After nearly five years of sanctions, Pima Community College is waiting on its accrediting body to decide its fate. That ruling is expected when the Higher Learning Commission’s board of trustees meets Feb. 23-24. The saga began in the summer of 2012 with numerous complaints, including allegations of sexual misconduct against then-Chancellor […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

FROM THE EDITOR: We want you to know the truth

FROM THE EDITOR: We want you to know the truth

By JAMIE VERWYS When you love something, you will do everything in your power to care for it, protect it and nurture it. For many of us at the Aztec Press, our words are our children. We pay close attention to our pieces, tenderly editing and re-editing like a gentle, assuring kiss on the cheek […]

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 […]

Pima optimistic after HLC visit

Pima optimistic after HLC visit

By ANDREW PAXTON Pima Community College recently took the next step to get off probation after a follow-up fact finding team from the Higher Learning Commission finished its evaluation of Pima on Sept. 17. Chancellor Lee Lambert was pleased with the assessment. “Simply put, we did a solid job – faculty, staff, administrators, Governing Board […]

HLC team visits Pima

HLC team visits Pima

By ANDREW PAXTON Sixteen months after first placing Pima Community College on probation, the Higher Learning Commission has dispatched another fact-finding team to determine if its concerns have been fully addressed. The visit comes nearly two years after a previous team from Pima’s accrediting body found institutional misconduct and a “culture of fear” at PCC. […]

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. […]

Pima submits Self-Study to accreditor

Pima submits Self-Study to accreditor

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 last April following a fact-finding team’s discovery of multiple leadership violations and a “culture of fear” at the college. The […]

Pima reveals leader of new dispute management office

Pima reveals leader of new dispute management office

By ANDREW PAXTON Pima Community College has announced who will lead a new dispute resolution office as the college works to become more receptive to feedback from students, employees and the community. Robert P. Shoun, a former Tucson Police Department captain, will be the new director of PCC’s new Office of Dispute Resolution. “With vast […]

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 […]