Welcome to the Peralta Accreditation site. Here you will find documents supporting our accreditation efforts.
The Peralta Colleges (Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College) are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior College of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, 415.506.0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
The four Peralta Colleges are approved by the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges and are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the recognized local accrediting agency which is affiliated with the Federation of Regional Accrediting Commissions of Higher Education. The Office of Private Postsecondary Education also approves the four Peralta Colleges to offer courses to U.S. Veterans for collection of veterans’ benefits.
Each institution affiliated with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges accepts the obligation to undergo periodic evaluation through Institutional Self Evaluation (self study) and professional peer review. The heart of this obligation is the conducting of a rigorous Institutional Self Evaluation during which an institution appraises itself in terms of its stated purposes. A Comprehensive Institutional Self Evaluation is required every six years following initial accreditation. A Midterm Report is required three years after the Comprehensive Institutional Self Evaluation.
2015-2016 DISTRICT RECOMMENDATIONS (1-8): Support Documents
- District ACCJC External Evaluation Team Report: March 9-12, 2015 visit
- PCCD Accreditation Calendar
- Peralta Accreditation Planning Matrix
- District Service Center Organization Charts
- District Service Centers’ Functions Chart
The following Action Plans serve as guides to the District’s Report writing efforts.
Recommendation – 1:
In order to meet the Standard, the team recommends that the District follow the 2014 audit recommendations and develop an action plan to fund its Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) liabilities, including the associated debt service (III.D.1.c, III.D.3.c, III.D.1.c).
Recommendation – 2:
In order to meet the Standard, the team recommends that the District resolve comprehensively and in a timely manner the ongoing deficiencies identified in the 2013 and 2014 external audit findings (III.D.2.b, III.D.1.h).
Recommendation – 3:
In order to meet the Standards, the team recommends that District General Services (DGS) work with college personnel to implement a plan to address total cost of ownership for new facilities and equipment, including undertaking critical deferred maintenance and preventive maintenance needs at the college in order to assure safe and sufficient physical resources for students, faculty and staff (III.B.1, III.B.1.a, III.B.2.a).
Recommendation – 4:
In order to meet the Standards, the District should clearly identify the structures, roles, responsibilities and document the processes used to integrate human, facilities, technology planning, and fiscal planning in support of student learning and achievement and regularly evaluate the process in order to fairly allocate resources to support the planning priorities (III.A.6, III.B.2, III.C.2, III.D.4, IV.B.3.g)
Recommendation – 5:
In order to meet the Standards, the team recommends that the district ensure retention of key leadership positions and that adequate staffing capacity is available to address the demands of three critical areas reflected in the accreditation standards: institutional effectiveness and leadership, institutional research, and financial accountability and management (III.A.2, III.A.6).
Recommendation – 6:
In order to meet the Standard, the team recommends that the district clearly delineate and communicate the operational responsibilities and functions of the district from those of the colleges and consistently adheres to this delineation in practice; and regularly assesses and evaluates district role delineation and governance and decision-making structures and processes to assure their integrity and effectiveness in assisting the colleges in meeting educational goals (IV.B.3).
Recommendation – 7:
In order to meet the Standards, the team recommends the Governing Board adhere to its appropriate role. The Board must allow the chancellor to take full responsibility and authority for the areas assigned to district oversight (IV.B.1, IV.B.1a, IV.B.1.e, IV.B.1.j).
Recommendation – 8:
In order to meet the Standards, the team recommends that the District systematically evaluate the equitable distribution of resources and the sufficiency and effectiveness of district-provided services in supporting effective operations of the colleges (IV.B.3.b, IV.B.3.c, III.D.1.a, III.D.1.b, III.D.1.h).
Accreditation Report Archive Documents
- ACCJC External Evaluation Team Report: March 9-12, 2015 visit
- Berkeley City College ACCJC Action Letter 06_29_15
- Berkeley City College ACCJC External Evaluation Team Report_May 11, 2015
- College of Alameda ACCJC Action Letter 06_29_15
- College of Alameda ACCJC External Evaluation Team Report_May 7, 2015
- Laney College – ACCJC Action Letter 06-29-15-CORRECTED
- Laney College ACCJC External Evaluation Team Report May 6 2015
- Merritt College – ACCJC Action Letter 06_29_15
- Merritt College ACCJC External Evaluation Team Report_May 8, 2015
- ACCJC – About the Public Disclosure Notice
- June 2015 Memo on Commission Actions on Policy
- District Office External Eval Team
- Peralta Community College District Roster_March 9-12, 2015
- ACCJC Visiting Teams Membership for visits to the Colleges and District & Informational Letters
- Berkeley City College– 2015 Institutional Self-Evaluation
- College of Alameda – 2015 Institutional Self-Evaluation:
- Laney College – 2015 Institutional Self-Evaluation:
- ACCJC letter7-3-13 Berkeley City College Removed from Warning
- ACCJC letter7-3-13 College of Alameda Removed from Warning
- ACCJC letter7-3-13 Laney College Removed from Warning
- ACCJC letter7-3-13 Merritt College Removed from Warning
- ACCJC letter7-3-13 PCCD Financial Review action
- Berkeley City College Follow-Up Visit Team Report April 2013
- College of Alameda Follow-Up Visit Team Report April 2013
- Laney College Follow-Up Visit Team Report April 2013
- Merritt College Follow-Up Visit Team Report April 2013
- Final BCC Follow Up Report
- Final CoA Follow Up Report
- Final Laney Follow Up Report
- Final Merritt Follow Up Report
- Peralta 4-1-13 Special Report to ACCJC Final
- ACCJC letter 2-5-13
- ACCJC Removal from Probation
- ACCJC Removal from Probation_Berkeley City College
- ACCJC Removal from Probation_College of Alameda
- ACCJC Removal from Probation _Laney College
- ACCJC Removal from Probation_Merritt College
- ACCJC June 30, 2011 Action Letter to PCCD
- Follow-Up Visit Team Report, April 2011
- Follow-Up Report & Documentation (April 1, 2011)
- PCCD Response to ACCJC 3-15-11
- January 2011 Commission Letter and Follow up Visit Report – ACCJC letter 2-14-11
- Strategic Plan – Progress and Successes 2009-2010
- Accreditation Visiting Team – November 4, 2010
- ACCJC Follow-Up Report – October 15, 2010
- Follow-Up Report & Documentation (October 15, 2010)
- Special Report 4-01-10
- Supporting Documentation 4-01-10
- Follow-up Reports & Documentation 03-15-10
- ACCJC Letter to Peralta – June 30, 2010
- An Open Letter from Chancellor to Our Colleges Students and Community
- Statement On Budget Reduction Planning
Links to the College Accreditation Web Sites
- Berkeley City College http://www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/accreditation/
- College of Alameda http://alameda.peralta.edu/accreditation/
- Laney College http://www.laney.edu/wp/accreditation-status/
- Merritt College http://www.merritt.edu/about-merritt/accreditation/merritt-college-accreditation