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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 […]

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 […]

Pima working to fix deficiencies

Pima working to fix deficiencies

By ANDREW PAXTON Critics have accused Pima Community College of being unreceptive to complaints and not keeping up with modern management techniques.   Citing lack of openness and inclusiveness, some community members took their concerns to the college’s accrediting body.   The Higher Learning Commission responded by putting PCC on probation a year ago, in […]

Addressing probation:

Addressing probation:

Pima still faces serious issues less than a year away from an evaluation that will determine the fate of the college By ANDREW PAXTON As Pima Community College looks to improve operations and emerge from probation, several events suggest the college may not be moving in the directions recommended by its accreditor. Complaints regarding the […]

GUEST COMMENTARY: Law firm must be held accountable, too

GUEST COMMENTARY: Law firm must be held accountable, too

By RACHEL WINCH In the wake of recent controversy over Pima Community College’s accreditation, resulting in PCC being put on a two-year probation and four board members being asked to step down, another group should be scrutinized—the DeConcini, McDonald, Yetwin & Lacy law firm.   The law firm that represents PCC already came under heat […]

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. […]