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New Admission Standards – Questions and Answers

Below are questions submitted by the audience at a community forum July 19 at PCC’s Downtown Campus.

Q: Can you accept all the turned-away students in your Adult Education program?

Students who do not meet the new admissions standards will be directed to alternative non-credit educational pathways, such as Pima Community College Prep Academy, PCC’s Center for Training and Development, grant-funded programs to help prepare undereducated students, and Adult Education.

Adult Education programs sometimes have short waiting lists, and it is reasonable to assume that those lists will grow somewhat. Most notable, however, is that two years ago the state of Arizona eliminated funding for Adult Education/GED preparation. Pima Community College, working with other Arizona community colleges and other local entities, has funded the program through June 2012. However, a long-term funding solution is needed to sustain the Adult Education program, which has helped thousands of working-class adults and their families achieve their dreams. 

Q. Can you explain the relationship between the ACCPC Long-range Strategic Plan, Getting AHEAD Arizona, and the proposed change in PCC’s policy?

The College’s changes were devised independently from “Arizona Community Colleges: Long-Term Strategic Vision,” a report of the Arizona Community College Presidents’ Council, and from Getting AHEAD (Access to Higher Education and Degrees), a statewide project funded by the Lumina Foundation.

The Strategic Vision built upon work conducted by the Voluntary Framework of Accountability, an effort by the American Association of Community Colleges to standardize definitions of success for community colleges. PCC is a pilot institution in the VFA, and the definition of New to Higher Education Students that PCC employed in compiling data drew from the VFA’s definition.

Q. Will dual-enrollment programs between PCC and area high schools be affected?

Dual-enrollment programs with area high schools will be unaffected. Pima Community College has one of the strongest dual enrollment programs in the nation, and we expect to expand it.

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