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Accreditation

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Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

On April 6, 2013 the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools placed Pima Community College on probation.

The HLC is one of several regional and national organizations that accredit institutions of higher education such as PCC.

The College remains fully accredited while on probation.


Accreditation is an important indication for current students, prospective students and the community that a college is operating acceptably. In placing PCC on probation, the HLC is indicating to the public that PCC is not in compliance with one or more of the commission’s Criteria for Accreditation, and must demonstrate that it has remedied the problems that led to the sanction.

In an Action Letter dated April 16, HLC President Sylvia Manning informed PCC Interim Chancellor Zelema Harris of the change in PCC’s status, identified areas of non-compliance and described the steps PCC must take to be removed from probation.

In a message informing the College community of the HLC’s action, Interim Chancellor Harris said, “We can use this opportunity to improve services to our students and the community,” and “I believe that we can successfully restore the HLC’s and the public’s trust in the College.”

Contact information for the HLC:

    Website: www.ncahlc.org [PCC's status]
    Phone: 800-621-7440
    Address: 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504

Pima Community College can be contacted at (520) 206-4500 or at 4905 E Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85709.

Higher Learning Commission notification of status

Recent activity with the Higher Learning Commission

Accreditation FAQ

Read the Accreditation FAQ to learn more about accreditation and the HLC sanctions that may be applied to colleges and universities.

Assurances from Arizona universities

Read letters from Arizona universities regarding continued support for existing transfer policies and procedures:

Correspondence to PCC students

Read messages from the Provost to PCC students concerning recent activity with HLC.  They were sent via email and/or MyPima College-wide announcement.