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October 15, 2008

The Peralta CCD District Wide Educational Master Planning Committee (DWEMPC) is charged with recommending educational plans, goals and policies to the Chancellor on district-wide educational issues of common concern to the four colleges.

  • DWEMPC’s role is to provide an integrated and holistic educational vision for the benefit of our students and communities.
  • The focus of the committee is on educational planning to ensure that Peralta evolves as its service area evolves, and Peralta’s programs and services are relevant to changing demographic, community and labor market trends.
  • A particular charge of DWEMPC is to examine issues and develop solutions in a collaborative framework, based on educational principles, evidence, and what’s best for students.
  • DWEMPC oversees the integrated process for developing educational plans, program reviews, and annual unit planning.

Committee Organization

The Vice Chancellor for Educational Services serves as Committee Chair. This includes facilitating the meetings, developing agendas and support materials, establishing the calendar of meetings, and coordinating the development of the District Wide Educational Master Plan, studies, and plan updates. The Vice Chancellor also distributes a  summary of each meeting and major research or study milestones to College Councils, College Academic and Classified Senates, the Strategic Management Team (SMT), the Strategic Planning and Policy Advisory Committee (SPPAC) and other interested constituencies.

Member Responsibilities

Each committee member shall report major findings, discussions and developments to their respective constituency and/or college.

Reporting Relationships

DWEMPC makes recommendations to the Chancellor for either administrative action or for consideration by the Board of Trustees. The Committee Chair and/or Communications Officer provide regular status reports and solicit input from SMT and SPPAC.  The role of DWEMPC members is to bring input from their respective colleges, and report back on ongoing discussions and potential recommendations. The expectation is that the respective college delegations will provide the primary channel of two-way communication between DWEMPC and the faculty, administrative and college councils of the colleges.

DWEMPC is the district wide counterpart to the College Educational Master Planning Committees (CEMPCs). The CEMPCs review and implement processes developed through DWEMPC or other district wide collaborative bodies. In particular, the CEMPCs develop college educational planning documents. DWEMPC provides a framework for collaborative planning by developing common planning assumptions, tools, and criteria; and provides a forum for communication, conflict resolution and consensus building to develop collaborative integrated solutions.  (DWEMPC’s predecessor committee, the Committee for Strategic Educational Planning (CSEP) started the process of building an integrated planning infrastructure by creating the Program Evaluation methodology that is currently being used in the unit planning template.) In addition to creating an integrated planning process, DWEMPC will provide substantive recommendations building on the CEMPC outputs and district-wide environmental scans and program evaluations.

The Council for Instruction, Planning and Development (CIPD) serves as a district-wide review committee for proposed new or modified curricula. As such, its historic focus has been on individual course changes. In contrast, DWEMPC focuses on broader educational planning issues to ensure that the overall mix of Peralta’s programs is aligned with community and labor market needs.


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  • Peralta Community College District

    The District comprises four colleges serving northern Alameda County.