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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»

Longoria resigns from PCC Board to head to Phoenix

David Longoria has resigned from the PCC Governing Board to become a top staffer for a Phoenix city councilwoman. Although he resigned Monday, effective immediately, the college did not put out a news release and only posted an online notice on Tuesday.... Read more»

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»

Organizers toss in towel on PCC recall

A recall effort that targeted two members of the Governing Board of Pima Community College is being abandoned, and organizers will not submit petitions after failing to gather enough signatures. The Southern Arizona Leadership Council said that the "recall committees found identifying valid voters ... and then convincing them to sign the recall petition too difficult to overcome."... Read more»1

Senator wants Az to spend $30 million on virtual border fence

As a 25-foot tower set up in the state Senate parking lot scanned those walking by Tuesday, a lawmaker said Arizona should invest in such a system to help the Border Patrol.... Read more»

Pima College to pay new chancellor $290k

The new chancellor of Pima Community College, Lee Lambert, will be paid $290,000 per year. The Governing Board approved a 3-year-contract with the new college CEO on Friday morning, as it voted unanimously to hire him.... Read more»1

Pima College to select new chancellor Friday

After nearly a year without a permanent chief, Pima Community College will have a new chancellor soon. The school's Governing Board announced that a vote to pick a new college CEO will be held Friday morning. The leading choice is Lee Lambert, now the head of a Washington community college.... Read more»1

Pima points to quick chancellor hire

Even as a delegation from Pima Community College paid a site visit to Washington to vet a candidate to lead the embattled school, the PCC Governing Board scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday afternoon to discuss contract negotiations. All signs point to Lee Lambert being tapped to become the school's next chancellor. ... Read more»1

PCC Board picks 'leading candidate' for chancellor

In a special meeting Friday, Pima Community College announced that Lee D. Lambert of Washington's Shoreline Community College is the "leading candidate" to become PCC's new permanent chancellor. Whoever is appointed by the Board will take on a college in administrative turmoil.... Read more»1

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Pima picks community college vet as interim replacement CEO

Pima Community College on Tuesday announced the hiring of a retired Missouri community college head as an interim leader for the embattled school Tuesday evening. The Governing Board voted unanimously to hire Zelema Harris as a temporary replacement for interim Chancellor Suzanne Miles.... Read more»6

Guest opinion

PCC Senate pres: Board should resign over missed opportunities

How did we get to this point? As you are all aware the College has been stumbling through a series of public controversies over the past year and a half. We are dealing with the fallout of what occurred during the Dr. Flores administration and the board's response or rather, lack of response, to those controversies. What had been internal and private is now front page news and very public.... Read more»2

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PCC faculty call for Board to resign; Chancellor searches continue

Embattled PCC is looking for two chief executives at the same time: a (very) interim head to replace interim Chancellor Suzanne Miles, and a permanent leader, whom PCC officials hope to have in place by July 1. Meanwhile, the Faculty Senate is poised for a no-confidence vote in the college's Governing Board.... Read more»3

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PCC's Miles: 'Openly admit we erred' in admission change

Pima Community College officials signaled Monday that they are likely to reverse course on tightened admission standards in the wake of a accrediting body's report into administrative lapses at the school. "We're going to openly admit that we erred" in not clearing new enrollment standards for most courses with the Higher Learning Commission, PCC chief Suzanne Miles said.... Read more»2

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Pima looks for public input on chancellor search

As it searches for a new head, Pima Community College said it wants public input and will create a webpage and email address to inform the public and solicit comments.... Read more»3