On February 26, 2015 the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools placed Pima Community College on Notice.
The HLC is one of several regional and national organizations that accredit institutions of higher education such as PCC. Notice means that the College is now in compliance with the HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation, but remains at risk of being out of compliance with the Criteria for Accreditation and the Core Components.
The College remains fully accredited while on Notice which does not affect PCC's ability to offer financial aid to our students.
Regardless of a college’s accreditation status, a four-year college always has the final say on which courses transfer and which do not. However, in our conversations with the Arizona universities, there will not be any issues with course transfer from PCC during the time that PCC is on probation. In fact, all of the universities would actually like to see more transfer students from PCC and other Arizona community colleges.
Having said that, all of the traditional guidelines for transfer continue to apply, meaning that some courses that haven’t transferred in the past will still not transfer in the future. For example, someone wishing to transfer a business course into a nursing program will likely not have that course transfer. We still recommend working with a PCC advisor to help insure that students are taking appropriate courses for the degree and university in which they intend to transfer.
Contact information for the HLC:
Pima Community College can be contacted at (520) 206-4500 or at 4905 E Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85709.