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Over 160 Community Members Volunteer for PCC Probation Committees

June 27, 2013

 Organizational kickoff meeting is June 28 at 9 a.m.

Tucson, AZ – More than 160 members of the public answered Pima Community College’s call for volunteers to help it address the challenge of probation.

PCC has been seeking two dozen community volunteers willing to serve on one of 12 committees that will spearhead the effort to address deficiencies in College operations identified by the Higher Learning Commission.

Among the College’s internal constituencies, more than 300 full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, staff and administrators volunteered to serve.

“The great response from the public and the College community is another indication of the central role that PCC plays in the lives of so many residents of Pima County,” PCC Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dr. Jerry Migler said.

There will be an initial meeting for all committee members on June 28 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the 29th Street Coalition Center, 4355 E. Calle Aurora.

PCC will place two community members on each committee, Dr. Migler said. Regarding volunteers not chosen to serve, he said, “We are looking at ways for this great pool of talent to play a role in helping us regain the fullest confidence of the HLC and the public.”

The HLC placed Pima on probation on April 6 after determining that the College failed to meet several elements of accreditation. Over the next year, Pima must demonstrate to the HLC that the deficiencies are being remedied.

The committees’ primary task is to prepare a top-to-bottom review of the College known as an Institutional Self-Study.

More information about the Institutional Self-Study and the committees can be found on the PCC Addresses Probation page of the College website.

The Institutional Self-Study must be submitted to the HLC in July 2014, eight weeks before the commission returns to Pima for a comprehensive evaluation visit. The study largely will focus on the HLC’s five criteria for accreditation, which include requiring colleges and universities to provide “provide high quality education.”

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850