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Pima College finally released from sanctions by accreditors

After four years of being under varying levels of probation and review by national accreditors, Pima Community College has been released from "on notice" status by the Higher Learning Commission, officials said.... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Letter to business leaders: Step in on PCC's behalf

Pima Community College needs help -- a lot of help. And Tucson business leaders can start by "visualizing and repurposing synergies that achieve a real win-win." ... Read more»3

Pima submits latest accreditation report to HLC

Pima Community College submitted a 2016 Notice Report to the Higher Learning Commission on June 29. The report is a required response to the college’s current standing of “on notice,” a continued risk of becoming non-compliant with the HLC’s criteria.... Read more»

Pima College is seeking public input on lastest report to accreditors

Pima Community College is seeking public commentary on a draft of the latest report to it's accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission.... Read more»

From the editor

Brick Wall: Pima College named least transparent in state

The Arizona Press Club has named Pima Community College the "winner" of the group's annual Brick Wall Award, given to the "most deceptive" government agency or official. Saying the school "has promised much but delivered little in the area of openness and transparency," the statewide group of journalists (I'm a member of the board of directors) announced the award Tuesday.... Read more»5

Update: Pima probation pulled, monitoring to continue

Pima Community College is no longer on probation, after having been under scrutiny by accreditors for the past two years. But the Higher Learning Commission will continue to keep an eye on the school, as PCC works to carry out fixes to institutional troubles pointed out by the accrediting body.... Read more»

Report: Pima College should get off probation

Pima Community College should be taken off probation, but remain "on notice" while being improvements continue to be made in the school's administration, a report by accreditors said. PCC has been on probation since April 2013, when an investigation found serious issues with how the college was run.... Read more»1

Accreditors seek public input on PCC probation

Staff from the Higher Learning Commission will be in Tucson next week, and are asking for feedback from the community about Pima Community College's effort to fix systemic problems that led to the school being placed on probation last year.... Read more»

PCC's Even getting out, won't run again

A long-time member of the Governing Board of Pima Community College won't seek another term. Brenda Even, in office since 2001, will step down when her term expires after the November election. Two others have filed to seek the District 1 seat on the board, the only one in question this year.... Read more»2

Pima College submits probation progress report

Pima Community College filed a 300-page report with accreditors on Wednesday, laying out the school's work to fix systemic problems pointed out by the Higher Learning Commission last year. Chancellor Lambert called the self-assessment "part of a continuous process of improvement."... Read more»8

Pima extends Lambert's contract, bumps pay and vacation

The chancellor of Pima Community College, Lee Lambert, got a stamp of approval from the school's Governing Board on Wednesday. His contract was extended for one year, and his salary increased by $8,700 — a three percent raise. Lambert's vacation time was also increased, by more than a week.... Read more»1

Changes at Pima College HR, information offices

As Pima Community College reorganizes its administration while crafting a plan to satisfy accreditors, the latest moves at the school see an interim HR head being replaced by two fill-ins — one of whom will soon leave the school herself — and a shift in job titles in the public affairs and marketing departments.... Read more»3

Pima brings back ex-interim head as probation advisor

Pima Community College is bringing back Zelema Harris, who served as interim chancellor earlier this year, as a special advisor charged with navigating the school off probation.... Read more»1

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Profiling Pima Community College

PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert, Aviation Technology Program Manager Tom Hinman, Executive Director of the PCC Foundation Cheryl House, Executive Director of Athletics Edgar Soto, Special Assistant to the Provost Dolores Duran-Cerda, Advanced Program Manager Adult Education Rebecca Suitt.... Read more»

HLC OKs PCC probation plan

The Higher Learning Commission has given the nod to a Pima Community College plan to correct several administrative shortcomings that led to the school being placed on probation, HLC officials said Tuesday.... Read more»

Pima College submits accountability plan

Pima Community College submitted Monday an outline of steps to improve the school's administration and comply with the mandates of accreditors, who placed PCC on probation. The accountability plan included the widest-ranging apologies for mismanagement yet made by PCC officials. (with complete document)... Read more»1

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