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Miles: Step back on Pima admissions standards

PCC facing probation over end to open enrollment

In the wake of a critical report from an accrediting body, Pima College leaders recommended Friday that tightened admission standards be suspended for the next year. Pima's interim chancellor, Suzanne Miles, sent a letter to the PCC Governing Board that said the college should reverse a move that ended open enrollment for most classes.
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“Many students come to PCC far from ready for college,” former Chancellor Roy Flores wrote at the time.

“Some have the equivalent of a fifth-grade education, or lower. Some are unable to write a sentence, because they do not know what nouns and verbs are. Some cannot add two multi-digit numbers, such as 1394 + 338. Our placement test data show that these unprepared students have only about a 1-in-20 chance of completing a college-level course, let alone graduating with a degree or certificate,” Flores wrote.

“To continue to accept those students, and take their tuition money, knowing that the vast majority will not succeed, is ineffective and wastes taxpayer money. It will leave these students discouraged and in many cases, in debt,” he wrote.

I read a lot of crying about this when the decision was made, and I didn’t understand any of it at the time (or now). I am still waiting to see someone explain intelligently how the above doesn’t make 100% absolute sense.

I’m no fan of defending PCC, but this one they initially got right. It is shameful that one of the few positive moves they’ve made in recent years they’re now backpedaling on. They have a plethora of other reactionary changes they can make, and they’re picking this one? It boggles my mind.

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