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Pima Community College is currently accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Pima Community College participates in the HLC’s Standard Pathway

HLC is an institutional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit degree-granting colleges and universities. Institutional accreditation validates the quality of an institution's academic programs at all degree levels, whether delivered on-site, online or otherwise. Institutional accreditation also examines the quality of the institution beyond its academic offerings and evaluates the institution as a whole, including the soundness of its governance and administration, adherence to mission, the sustainability of its finances, and the sufficiency of its resources.

As part of the normal ten-year Standard Pathway accreditation cycle, PCC will have a reaffirmation of accreditation on December 9 -10, 2024.

Pima Community College's Statement of Affiliation Status.

Peer Review

Evaluation of accreditation status is conducted by HLC Peer Review teams. Learn more about their roles and responsibilities.

2024 HLC Accreditation Visit

Assurance Argument

An assurance argument is a narrative in which the institution explains how it meets HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. The HLC Assurance Argument is an evidence-based process and the use of links strengthens the focus on evidence.

When citing evidence in our Assurance Argument, we are always looking for the best information to explicitly demonstrate we are meeting the accreditation criteria. See the HLC Guidelines of how we accomplish this.

If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact the Criterion Leads.

Please click on the links below to review the criterion and federal compliance drafts.This is an ongoing writing and editing project. Criterion drafts will be shared as they become available. We will be reviewing all your comments. You have until 12/31/2023 to submit your feedback on Criterions 1-5 and Federal Compliance, although they will continue to remain online for viewing. The Branch Campus report will remain posted for commenting until 2/5/2024. A second draft will be ready in Spring 2024.

We thank you in advance for your help in assuring that these critical documents are accurately well-documented.

Helpful Documents

Additional HLC Correspondence

PCC is committed to providing information to the public regarding accreditation communication and decisions.

See Additional Correspondence

Contact Information

HLC Resources

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