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Higher Learning Commission

Higher Learning Commission shares preliminary report

June 01, 2020

The final report from the college's HLC visit is still forthcoming, but the following good news was shared in a preliminary report May 29:

  • UA-PTC is a vibrant, enthusiastic institution that has undergone significant changes over the past five years and everyone we met is on board and excited about this version of UA-PTC and its future.
  • Through stakeholders interviews, it was clear that the Chancellor had established a relationship with the Board of Trustees, and that Trustees not only understood the community college mission, but strongly supported the strategic direction of UA-PTC.
  • The Faculty and Administration at UA-PTC demonstrate a commitment to freedom of expression and the pursuit of truth in teaching and learning.
  • The team confirmed that UA-PTC has strong, clear, and continuous support from the UA President the UA Board of Trustees, UA-PTC Board of Visitors and especially from the Chancellor Dr. Margret Ellibee.
  • UA-PTC engages students in the collection, analysis and communication of information, as evidenced by a review of syllabi in various disciplines. Instructors verified that they have the opportunity to provide an embedded librarian into the Blackboard shell of their courses. The librarian acts as a resource for students when collecting research or working on papers.
  • The institution has a strong commitment to assessment and has substantial participation of faculty and instructional staff members.
  • UA-PTC has made great strides and experienced significant changes over the past 8 years.

When the college receives the report back from HLC, further work on points of clarification may be necessary. An in-person follow-up Verification Visit in fall will occur Monday and Tuesday, October 19-20, 2020.

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