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Update on the monitoring report and self-study

Communication sent to employees on June 3, 2013 by Vice Provost Mary Ann Martinez Sanchez concerning progress that we are making as we address the issues that have been raised by the Higher Learning Commission related to probation.


Dear Colleagues,

This is the seventh update in a continuing series; providing information on progress that we are making as we address the issues that have been raised by the Higher Learning Commission related to probation.  The updates will be numbered in the future for easier reference.  You can find all previous correspondence on Pima Community College’s website at PCC Addresses Probation.  We will continue to post information at that site as we go through this process.

Monitoring Report

As you know, the monitoring report is a focused report, due on August 1, 2013.  The College must present a plan to address two assumed practices that the Higher Learning Commission indicated we are not meeting.   Planning began the day that the College was notified of its probation status and the reports that it would need to complete in an effort to demonstrate compliance with all HLC accreditation criteria, core components, and assumed practices.  The process used for the successful monitoring report on Student Learning Outcomes, submitted in December, 2012 has been replicated.  A writing team for the monitoring report was assembled immediately.  The team is led by Rachelle Howell, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Grants & Planning and Institutional Research.  Rachelle led the previous monitoring report effort.  Team members were selected based on experience with the issues at hand.  The membership includes:  Dr. Lorraine Morales, Vice President of Instruction on East Campus; Paul Schwalbach, Public Information Manager; Alison Colter-Mack, Human Resources Advanced Analyst; Dr. Dolores Duran-Cerda, Special Assistant to the Provost, and Duff Galda, Faculty Member.  The team is charged with researching the issues, performing a gap analysis, benchmarking best practices, gathering information from others with experience or expertise in those areas, and generating a plan to address the concerns.   The team has been working since April.  It continues to gather information, formulate plans to address areas of concern and write an initial draft of the report.  More detailed information regarding team activities is posted at Monitoring Report.

Institutional Self-Study

An additional email message will be sent to all PCC employees later today requesting participation on the Self-Study’s 14 committees.  Included with the email will be information about each of the committees so that employees can determine which are of most interest to them, along with expectations for committee members.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me.

Dr. Mary Ann Martinez Sanchez
Vice Provost and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Services
Accreditation Liaison Officer
District Office