Below is a message I sent to the College community July 1:
I have good news to share about our Aviation Technology Center (ATC). The College was notified today that the Higher Learning Commission has approved the ATC as an instructional site.
If you’ll remember, when a college offers more than 50 percent of program instruction at a location geographically separate from a main campus (in ATC’s case, Desert Vista), the HLC must approve the site.
Today, I received a letter from HLC President Barbara Gellman-Danley notifying the College that the Institutional Actions Council of the HLC on June 27 approved our request “to open three additional locations”: the ATC, 7211 S. Park Ave.; Maintenance and Security, 6680 S. Country Club Road; and the Tucson Public Safety Academy, at 10001 S. Wilmot Road.
The letter added that the HLC, per policy, will conduct a required Additional Location Confirmation Visit to the ATC within six months.
Additionally, the HLC approved PCC’s request to open additional locations at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Tucson, 10000 S. Wilmot Road, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Federal Correctional Complex at 8901 S. Wilmot Road.
It should be noted that the College, while seeking HLC approval of the ATC, self-disclosed its status to the U.S. Department of Education. The DOE is conducting a focused program review of the ATC. DOE’s review potentially affects the College’s ability to disburse financial aid at the ATC because institutions must first receive approval from their regional accrediting body, i.e. the HLC, prior to disbursing federal financial aid. We are working with the DOE to seek approval to disburse financial aid to ATC students for the Fall 2016 semester.
Today’s good news represents crucial progress for the College in the areas of compliance and accountability. We continue to improve our alignment with accreditor and regulator standards and expectations. The beneficiaries are our students, who can attain their goals through a Pima Community College education.
Thank you for your dedication to doing things right, and enjoy the holiday.