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Pima Community College reaches milestone, submits key document to accreditor

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -  Pima Community College has reached a milestone in their accreditation process with the Higher Learning Commission, according to officials they have sent to the accreditor a document detailing the college's efforts to comply with HLC standards.  The school has been working at complying since being put on probation in April 2013.  

This new 'Self-Study Report' details all the facets of PCC including processes, policies and goals that have been conducted over the last 15 months. According to PCC officials the report was compiled by more than 300 employees, students and community members. The 'Self-Study' is available online for the public to view by clicking here - www.pima.edu/about-pima/accreditation/selfstudy-2014 

The report provides strong evidence that the college has resolved the HLC's concerns regarding areas of non-compliance and meets all HLC standards, this is according to a statement from PCC Chancellor Lee D. Lambert.  There is also a plan to ensure PCC meets all federal and state legal requirements related to higher education, said Chancellor Lambert.  

"The Self-Study Report documents the progress we are making toward our goal of making PCC one of the U.S.'s premier community colleges," said Lambert. "We recognize that our mission, to develop our community through learning, requires a commitment to student success, consistent engagement and diversity."  

Highlights that the college has provided in the report include: 

A strategic plan by the college, based on extensive input from community members, faculty, staff and administrators, to guide its major initiatives over the next three years; developing and implementing a sexual harassment response and prevention training for the Board, administrators and employees; improving faculty oversight of curriculum; redesigning developmental education to improve student success, is adding faculty and plans to hire a developmental education leader to provide overall direction; improving policies and procedures regarding complaints and grievances, and creating an Office of Dispute Resolution to address public or employee concerns in an independent, fair and objective manner; long term debt has also been paid off. 

Highlights from the Governing Board include: 

Revising its policies and bylaws; forming a Finance and Audit Committee to provide additional oversight of PCC’s financial, audit and investment-related performance, policies and procedures; forming a Human Resources Advisory Team to review the performance of Human Resources.

What’s next for the college: 

Sept. 15-17: A team from the HLC will visit PCC to determine if the College is complying with HLC standards.

October: The HLC will provide a site visit report to the College.

November: PCC will submit a response to the site visit report, to correct errors of fact only.

December: PCC will send a team to attend a hearing of the HLC’s Institutional Actions Council.

February 2015: The College will receive formal notification of its status from the HLC. 

To learn more: Visit the Pima Addresses Probation website.

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