Pima Community College is in the critical phase of its process to successfully emerge from probation, analysis and evaluation of PCC operations, PCC’s chief academic officer told the Governing Board on Sept. 18.

At the Board’s Regular Meeting for September, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Jerry Migler said the first phase of the Self-Study, evidence gathering, is complete. [View the provost’s PowerPoint at the Meeting Video and Presentations webpage.]

Based on the evidence gathered, the more than 300 employees and community members involved in the process are judging whether an area is in full compliance with Higher Learning Commission standards, is in compliance but can improve, or is in “the red zone,” meaning the area is not in compliance, Provost Migler said.

Action Teams have been created to put remedies in place to bring “red zone” areas into compliance, he said.

The HLC, an accreditor of colleges and universities, placed the College on probation in April and directed it to conduct a Self-Study, a top-to-bottom review of operations, to identify deficiencies, make improvements and meet HLC standards for accreditation. A chart showing the College’s progress is available on the Pima Addresses Probation webpage, which contains other resources and information.

Also last night, the PCC Governing Board unanimously approved Chancellor Lee D. Lambert’s list of his goals for 2013-14, a 33-point plan whose purpose is to get PCC “back to basics.”

His Goals, Objectives and Timelines for 2013-14 are designed to precisely define PCC’s purpose by examining government statutes and regulations affecting the College, and by updating Board policies to complement and reinforce those legal requirements.

Chancellor Lambert said he would work with the Board to create a shared governance model that clearly defines roles, responsibilities, lines of authority and engagement levels for employees.

Regarding the College’s culture, Chancellor Lambert said everyone at PCC will be required to take a course in the detection, reporting and prevention of sexual harassment. “I will not tolerate sexual harassment,” he said.

Chancellor Lambert said the College should build on the successes of its Center for Training and Development, which has an 85 percent job-placement rate, and its nationally renowned Adult Education programs. He said PCC is committed to a redesign of developmental education that includes making pre-college courses eligible for federal financial aid.

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