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Call for student volunteers

Communication sent to students on September 6, 2013 by Vice Provost Martinez Sanchez requesting student volunteers for the Self-Study Committees.

Pima Community College was placed on probation last spring by its accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), for mishandling of complaints against the former chancellor, and some concerns about processes in Human Resources. You should know that the HLC did not raise any concerns over PCC's academic programs or student services. While on probation, we remain fully accredited and our ability to offer financial aid remains unaffected. Furthermore, all three state universities have assured us that they will continue to accept our credit transfer. (Read more about Accreditation on the Accreditation page.) Thus, we remain a great place to obtain a quality education at a reasonable price.

In order to emerge successfully from probation, Pima Community College must conduct a comprehensive self-study that demonstrates our compliance with the HLC's Criteria for Accreditation and that shows that we have fully addressed the concerns that led to the probation sanction. The committees responsible for conducting self-study began their planning and research this summer and their work will continue into the summer of 2014.

We are seeking student participation on these committees. While this will be time-consuming work that may typically involve one- to two-hour meetings weekly or twice a month, this is a great opportunity to learn about PCC and accreditation.

Please read the committee descriptions to see if there are committees you are interested in. You can indicate your interest by filling out the survey. The deadline for submitting it is Sunday, September 15, 2013 by midnight. We plan to have the results of the placements emailed to you during the week of September 23, 2013.

Our goal is to have two students on each of the 12 committees. We will do our best to make committee selections based on the identified interests of individual students. Depending on the number of responses and their HLC committee preferences we may not be able to find committee assignments for everyone.

Each committee member will be a critically important part of the team working to get Pima off probation. Together, we can make sure Pima remains a great place to work and study.

Thank you,

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