Pima Community College may have serious problems in goverance and administration, but they don’t justify putting the troubled school on probation, the college’s in-house attorney said Friday in a letter to PCC’s accreditor
“The college does not dispute that there have been shortcomings and that signficant change is necessary,” said the letter by attorney Jeffrey Silvyn to the Chicago-based Higher Learning Commission.
But “probation would have signficant negative impacts on our students and create unwarranted doubts about the quality of educational services provided by the college,” Silvyn.
The letter and accompanying documents marked PCC’s formal responses to a recent investigation by its accreditor that identified a litany of shortcomings in the management and oversight of the school.
Investigators found evidence of cronyism, corrupt contracting practices and serial sexual harassment of female employees for years by former PCC Chancellor Roy Flores.
As a result, the accreditor is poised to put the college on probation. Its board is due to vote on that recommendation next month.
A corrective action plan PCC submitted as part of its response said college officials “recognize and accept full responsibility for the ‘serious breaches of integrity’ in college adminstration and governance.”
Because of the college’s errors “many members of the community we serve have profound doubts about our commitment to the public good,” it said.
Read more of this story in Saturday's Arizona Daily Star.