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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


Fiscal Management


District Reports:

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).

Action Plan:


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).

Action Plan:


Global Planning

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).

Action Plan:

Institutional Effectiveness

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)

Action Plan:


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).

Action Plan:



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).

Action Plan:


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).

Action Plan:


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).

Action Plan:


Accreditation Report Archive Documents


    • Laney College – 2015 Institutional Self-Evaluation:














Links to the College Accreditation Web Sites

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    The district comprises four campuses serving northern Alameda County.
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