Higher Learning Commission shares preliminary report
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.