After a Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Comprehensive Evaluation Visit, the reviewers sighted some concerns with the campus self-evaluation of its effort to fulfill a portion of the mission and strategic goals that related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
"PPCC acknowledges a need to increase employee diversity and has incorporated this into their Strategic Goals. However, the Self-Study indicates that the per cent of minority employees has actually decreased since the last visit. In addition, the growth in Hispanic enrollment lags far behind the growth of this sector in the general population. The Team believes that enhancing diversity and cultural awareness is an area that requires institutional attention. The Team recommends a number of initiatives the college might undertake to enhance diversity, p. 8." 2014 HLC Self-Study Feedback Report
July of 2015
PPCC convened the first Diversity and Inclusion Committee meeting. This group evolved into the PPCC Diversity Team.
October of 2015
PPCC hired Jody Alyn Consulting to administer a two-part diversity training session for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Administrative, Professional, and Technical (APT) employees.
November of 2015
PPCC administered annual DEI training sessions for all employees in November 2015, consisting of required Online Workplace Answers Compliance Training modules at www.workplaceanswers.com.
December of 2015
Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) is ranked 17th among the top 25 colleges in the country for military and veteran students, according to Military Times’ annual assessment survey.
January of 2016
The College’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) focused its efforts on professional development for faculty and staff members. According to the report, the CETL serves as “…a key college partner in the development, deliver and assessment of programs and initiatives promoting the value of cultural inclusiveness and diversity….” One example of such an activity is the theme of the Spring 2016 Professional Development Week, titled “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.”
March of 2016
PPCC submitted a Workforce Diversity Feedback Report to the HLC to address the concerns that were expressed in the 2014 HLC Self-Study Feedback Report. The HLC accepted this report as evidence of continuous improvement.
August of 2016
-PPCC appointed its inaugural Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.