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Board adopts statement endorsing changes to PCC’s college admission standards

This statement has been superseded by the June 25, 2013 Board statement affirming PCC's open admissions policy.

At their regular September 2011 meeting, the PCC Board of Governors adopted a written statement endorsing changes to Pima's college admission standards.

“The Pima County Community College Board of Governors applauds and strongly supports the efforts of the College’s faculty, administration and staff to develop thoughtful and progressive solutions to help underprepared students succeed in higher education and enter or advance in the workplace. Their efforts have resulted in much needed and overdue changes to the College’s admissions standards.

“The Board recognizes that developmental education is a diverse and complex issue, and it is important for our community to recognize that when it comes to education, one size does not fit all.

“The Board recognizes that the College has relied on faculty recommendations and data to develop a new program aimed specifically at underprepared students whose scores on placement tests translate to below seventh-grade level in reading, writing or mathematics.

“This program, Pathways to Pima, is a testament to the College’s commitment to opening new avenues for students to succeed in an academic setting. The Board will closely monitor the Pima Community College Prep Academy and will report to the public annually on the program.

“The Board is fully aware that data show that severely underprepared students have only about a 1-in-20 chance of completing a college-level course in their area of deficiency, let alone graduating with a degree or certificate. Failure to confront this problem is to shirk our responsibility and is unfair to students and the community.

“The Board has previously directed the College to examine developmental education from every possible angle and devise practical, commonsense solutions. It is important to note that the College’s intent is to expand and strengthen developmental education, so that students can improve their lives and those of their families.

“The Board notes that in developing new alternatives, the College is building on a long history of success in its many non-credit offerings. These include the Center for Training and Development, and Adult Education.

“The Board believes it is critically important to give the public detailed information about the changes to the College’s admissions standards. To that end, the Board recently hosted four public information forums that provided an open venue for the public to ask questions and express their concerns. In addition, the College created a page on its website devoted exclusively to the changes in admission standards.”

The College has compiled a Web page containing resources related to the admission standards.