Pima College Will Challenge Damning Accreditor Report, Leader Says

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

A 30-page report that details grave failings of Governing Board members and administrators at Pima Community College contains "misstatements and errors of fact" that the college intends to challenge, according to a top official said to be complicit in the violations.

Interim Chancellor Suzanne Miles said in an email to PCC personnel late Monday that the college will respond by March 29 to the findings of its accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission, which is poised to put the school on probation over a litany of shortcomings identified by investigators the commission recently sent to Tucson.

If changes aren't made to the commission's satisfaction, PCC eventually could be stripped of accreditation, making its degrees virtually worthless and its students ineligible for federal aid.

Miles' email, co-signed by Governing Board chairwoman Brenda Even, followed 48 hours of official silence over the report's contents, which the board viewed in a closed-door meeting Saturday without public comment.

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