PCC chancellor talks about VA student benefit violations

Published: Mar. 18, 2014 at 8:57 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:13 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Pima Community College Chancellor, Lee Lambert, admittedTuesday that the school messed up when dealing with veteran benefitcertification.

Lambert said school leaders are now working quickly toresolve the problem and work to hold staff accountable.

"Wedropped the ball on how we managed.  Also, since that time there's beensome additional changes in personnel," Lambert said Tuesday.

A recentaudit by The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs shows PCC had dozens ofbook-keeping violations, including failing to accurately and quickly reportchanges in veteran student's enrollment and tuition fee information.

If the college does not make changes, it could be forced tostop enrolling veterans who pay for college using VA benefits.

Chancellor Lambert said this issue has put student veteransat the top of his priority list among other pressing issues the communitycollege is facing right now.

In addition to hiring more staff right now to help veteranstudents, Chancellor Lambert said PCC is looking to see how other schools aresuccessfully working to deal with the specific needs of veteran students.

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This issue comes at a time while PCC is working to get offprobation with the higher learning commission.