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Chancellor’s Announcement: PeopleSoft Upgrade Phase Two

15 February 2022

Dear Peralta Community,

Great news…we are moving forward with our modernization program! We are underway with Phase Two of our PeopleSoft Upgrade to modernize our technology and improve our business processes, both of which will help us better serve students, employees, and vendors of the District.

 

Background and Context

Phase One was the upgrade from PeopleSoft version 9.0 to 9.2 which was completed a year ago. Phase One moved our enterprise system for finance, human resources, and student data management to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and added mobile-device compatibility for Campus Solutions (https://sa.peralta.edu), Human Resources, and Finance workflows. It also enhanced our cybersecurity and disaster recovery capabilities.

Phase Two is about business process enhancement and includes the addition of new online workflows, particularly for Finance and Human Resources. We have put a process plan in place with Huron to assure that we successfully meet our objectives.

On Tuesday, February 8th, the Board of Trustees approved (among other things) PeopleSoft Phase Two support from Oracle and consulting support for training and project management from Huron. I want to thank the Trustees for their comments, their trust, and their commitment to improving Peralta’s technology systems and business workflows.

Once Phase Two is complete, we will move to Phase Three which is to revisit and improve the Campus Solutions workflow (for financial aid, student enrollment management, instruction planning, and more). Important work on financial aid workflows is underway with financial aid staff, student services staff, and Huron consultants, and will be completed as part of Phase Three.

 

New Tools and Workflows

PeopleSoft Phase Two includes exciting workflow enhancements for HR (https://hcm.peralta.edu): 

  • Employee paper-based submission of Leave of Absence Reports (LAR) and Timesheets will be converted to electronic timesheet submission via Employee Self Service (ESS) 
  • Manager approval of paper-based LARs and Timesheets will be converted to electronic time approval via Manager Self Service (MSS) 
  • ePAFs will be replaced by MSS 
  • Combo Code Change Request will be initiated via MSS 

Plus these workflow improvements for Finance (https://fm.peralta.edu): 

  • Contract Management will replace the CTS/AdobeSign approval system 
  • Expense Management will replace paper-form reimbursements (e.g., travel reimbursement, mileage form) 
  • Asset Management will be implemented to track and report on “Fixed Assets”

 

Timeline

We have tentatively identified April 18, 2022 as the planned Go-Live date for the launch of the new Phase Two modules. Over the next two months, the new modules will receive extensive user acceptance testing and all employees will receive training on how to use the new tools. Huron will be assisting us with training materials and resources which will continue for some time after the launch.  

We want to conclude by reminding everyone that this is not a technology project, it is a Peralta project — a business-critical Peralta project recommended by FCMAT and required by ACCJC. Yes, technology is at the core but these upgrades marry technology with process and depend upon collaboration between IT and the business subject matter experts in Human Resources and Finance including Payroll, Purchasing, and Accounting, and all of us as system users. For this project to be successful, everyone needs to be onboard for training and support. Please join us as we work to modernize and streamline our business processes which will allow us to better serve the students in our community. 

 

All the best, 

Dr. Jannett N. Jackson, Interim Chancellor 

Antoine Mehouelley, Chief Technology & Information Systems Officer

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Peralta Colleges Earn Elevated Accreditation Status

27 January 2022

PERALTA COMMUNITY COLLEGES EARN ELEVATED ACCREDITATION STATUS

“Substantial Progress” in All Areas Leads to Reclassification by ACCJC

OAKLAND, Calif., January 27, 2022 — The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) today learned that Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College have received upgraded accreditation status by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). The Commission voted to elevate the accreditation status of the Peralta Colleges as the district has demonstrated significant and consistent progress in reforming its finances and governance.

“Since last spring, the Peralta Community College District has shown considerable resolve and commitment to reform itself,” said Dr. Jannett N. Jackson, Interim Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District. “Today the ACCJC recognized the substantial progress the colleges and the district have made on 100% of their requirements and upgraded our status. None of the colleges received compliance requirements. We remain committed to actively pursue the tenet of continuous improvement to resolve all the remaining aspects of their recommendations.”

The change in status recognized the district’s significant progress in areas including financial stewardship; student financial aid; student and public safety on campus; streamlining and codifying internal controls and processes for more transparent management; and upgrading the district’s infrastructure to support these improvements.

“As someone who has been fully engaged in the ACCJC accrediting process, I’ve seen first-hand Peralta’s commitment to continuous quality improvement,” said PCCD Board of Trustees President Dr. Cindi Napoli-Abella Reiss. “I’m proud of the employees at the Peralta Community College District, who were able make such incredible strides addressing the Commission’s requirements while simultaneously providing outstanding education, job training, and support services to students amidst the economic and social challenges of the pandemic.”

This progress is the result of the work of the entire Peralta community, from the leadership of the Board of Trustees to the resilience of the administration, faculty, and staff coming together to make the changes needed to continue serving the students in our community.

While the Peralta Board of Trustees recognize this is certainly good news, more work is needed in the District. The Peralta Colleges have indicated the expectation to meet all standards of accreditation by June 2022 and remains on sanction by ACCJC, but with the status elevated from Probation to Warning.

Dr. Stephanie Droker joined the Peralta Community College District as Interim Deputy Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer in January 2022 after previously serving as President at ACCJC. “When Chancellor Jackson approached me about joining PCCD, I jumped at the chance. Over the past few years I’ve seen first-hand the progress that has been made by the District and the Colleges. I wanted to be a part of the fantastic team serving this incredibly important, diverse community, and to help keep our momentum moving forward,” said Dr. Droker. “Peralta’s progress is vital for all students and the community college system, as it shows the accreditation peer review process works.”

“Our community has worked tirelessly to ensure we can continue to serve our students and help them accomplish their goals,” Jackson said. “I am confident that through our continued, concerted action, we will–by the fall–have fully addressed all the Commission’s recommendations and once again be fully accredited.”

Download a PDF version of this press release here.

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Berkeley City College Honored by Campaign for College Opportunity

10 November 2021

BCC noted for both overall high transfer rate to four year universities and as Equity Champion for awarding Associates Degrees for Transfer to Latinx students

The Peralta Community College District is pleased to announce Berkeley City College has been honored twice by the Campaign for College Opportunity, first as 2021 Champion of Higher Education for Associates Degrees for Transfer (ADT) and also as a 2021 Equity Champion of Higher Education for their exemplary work in awarding Associates Degrees for Transfer (ADT) to Latinx students on their campus. 

 

“What an honor to have the work of Berkeley City College faculty, classified professionals, and administrators in support of students who pursue an ADT. I look forward to celebrating Berkeley City College and the advocacy that the Campaign for College Opportunity has launched on behalf of California community college students,” said college President Dr. Angélica Garcia. “We take pride in our efforts to support all students, and are grateful to the Campaign for College Opportunity for these accolades.”

 

Last year, Berkeley City College, Laney College, and Merritt College were recognized as 2020 Equity Champion of Higher Education recipients for their success in awarding ADTs to Black and Latinx students. Berkeley City College was cited for having “one of the highest shares of ADT conferrals for the 2018-2019 school year.”

 

“We are proud to recognize your dedicated leadership in working to ensure a strong transfer pathway on your campus. Berkeley City College is being recognized for being one of the top performers in ADT’s as a percentage of total Associates Degrees,” wrote Michele Siqueiros, president of Campaign for College Opportunity, to Berkeley City College President Dr. Angélica Garcia. “With your leadership, the Associate Degree for Transfer pathway is making college dreams a reality for thousands of Californians,”

 

An ADT helps students to work towards earning two degrees, both an associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree. Students who meet the California State University’s minimum eligibility requirements are guaranteed priority admission to a CSU campus.  Students are granted the ability to gain both degrees with just 120 units if the student transfers into a California State University program similar to the community college where their associate’s degree was completed. There are now 2,887 ADT pathways throughout California. 

 

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 66.44% of associate degrees received by Berkeley City College students were ADTs, ranking Berkeley City College as the top California Community College with the highest number of ADTs in relation to overall awarded associates degrees. 

 

As stated in the Campaign for College Opportunity’s most recent report, California community college students aiming to earn bachelor’s degrees are met with difficulties at every turn. Many face duplicative, ever-changing coursework requirements and lack of unified, system wide, and transferrable course agreements between colleges and universities. Berkeley City College is proud to help their students fight past these barriers. 

 

“I want to express my congratulations to Berkeley City College, and appreciation to the Campaign for College Opportunity for this acknowledgement.” Said Chancellor Jannett Jackson, “The Peralta Community College District is proud to have Berkeley City College recognized again for their work supporting students of all backgrounds. We will continue to diligently advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion as we encourage the students of Berkeley City College to work towards their academic and professional goals.” 

 

Berkeley City College will be honored at the Campaign for College Opportunity’s virtual celebration Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Attendees can register to join the event here: https://bit.ly/HigherEdChampions21

 

The Campaign for College Opportunity is a California non-profit bipartisan policy and research organization focused on ensuring all Californians have an equal opportunity to attend and succeed in college in order to build a vibrant workforce, economy and democracy. To learn more, visit their website here: https://collegecampaign.org/

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Dr. Stephanie Droker to join Peralta Colleges as Interim Deputy Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer

10 November 2021

The Peralta Community College District is pleased to announce that Interim Chancellor Dr. Jannett N. Jackson has named Dr. Stephanie Droker as Interim Deputy Chancellor and Chief Operating officer. Her term will begin on January 10, 2022. Dr. Droker brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education and accreditation to this leadership position.

Dr. Droker currently serves as the President/Chief Executive Officer of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), having joined the ACCJC staff in August 2016 as Vice President for Policy and Research, and then as Senior Vice President. As executive leadership for the Commission, Dr. Droker has provided organizational and regional leadership in the development and support of ACCJC’s strategic priorities and accreditation initiatives and has served as a resource to colleges undergoing accreditation reviews, including College of Alameda, Berkeley City College, Laney College, and Merritt College. As President, she works with agency staff, Commissioners, and institutional representatives from across ACCJC’s member colleges, including private colleges and those in the Pacific region, to affect change and foster innovation in both ACCJC operations and within member institutions to improve outcomes for all students. ACCJC’s 19-member Commission makes all decisions on the accredited status of institutions, sets policies, and Accreditation Standards.

Interim Chancellor Jackson commented, “We are extraordinarily fortunate to have Dr. Droker join our Peralta team. Her experience, at all levels of leadership, her knowledge of community colleges, coupled with her demonstrated support of our students will make her an invaluable asset to our organization.”

Peralta Board President Napoli Abella Reiss stated, “I am thrilled to support Chancellor Jackson’s hiring of Interim Deputy Chancellor, Dr. Stephanie Droker. As a Commissioner for ACCJC, I have had the unique perspective of seeing first-hand Dr. Droker’s instrumental role in supporting the Commission’s decisions by helping member colleges to improve.  In her new role as Interim Deputy Chancellor for Peralta, Dr. Droker comes with tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience, which she will use to support the great work of our Colleges. I believe her partnership with Chancellor Jackson will be invaluable to the forward momentum of the District’s diligent and demonstrable progress thus far.”

“I am delighted that Interim Chancellor Jackson has selected me to serve in this position,” Droker stated. “I look forward to partnering with the faculty, staff, students, and Board as we work together to highlight the exceptional work of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College while addressing the challenges that the community college sector faces.”

Prior to joining the Commission, Dr. Droker held senior-level college administration and faculty positions within the California Community College system, including Academic Senate President. Dr. Droker’s dedication to accreditation and higher education quality reaches beyond the Western Region of the United States and extends to the national stage. In January 2019, Dr. Droker was appointed by the board of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a member of their committee on recognition. CHEA is the only national association of degree-granting colleges and universities to recognize institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations that advocate promotion of academic quality through peer-review. Dr. Droker holds a Doctorate of Education from California State University, Fresno and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

The appointment of the Interim Deputy Chancellor will be agendized for ratification at the December 14, 2021 Board meeting.

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Peralta Colleges Hire Tim Thomas as Director of Public Safety

10 November 2021

Newly created role will oversee campus security as part of the Peralta Community College District’s innovative holistic approach to public safety and restorative justice

At their regular meeting on November 9, 2021, the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Timothy “Tim” Thomas as the Director of Public Safety serving the District and its four colleges. The Director of Public Safety is a new role created as part of the District’s vision for a holistic community-oriented approach to campus safety and security. Mr. Thomas, who has extensive experience as both a law enforcement officer and a college educator, will start on November 15, 2021.

“This is a dream job for me,” said Tim Thomas. “Dreams can come true. From early childhood I wanted to be involved with law enforcement and I was fortunate to become a police officer. I was also inspired by some amazing teachers growing up which led me to become an educator. I love teaching people, interacting with students in the classroom. And I grew up right here in Oakland, where I learned the importance of community. At the Peralta Colleges I’ll be mixing my passions for public safety, community engagement, and education. I know there’s a lot of work to do and I’m excited to get started.”

Thomas brings twenty years of law enforcement experience to the job, including service as a police officer and private security manager. He has served as Criminal Justice adjunct faculty at Institute of Technology – Modesto and faculty at Carrington College’s Stockton campus where he directed the Criminal Justice: Corrections program.

He also has deep understanding of California Community Colleges, having attended Chabot College before completing his B.A. in Criminal Justice at California State University – Stanislaus and his master’s degree in criminology from American Public University. He spent several years working at the Contra Costa Community College District where he started a program called S.T.A.R.S. (Student Together Awareness Response Safe). Thomas hopes to create something similar at the Peralta Colleges. “I’m excited to be fostering a community-based model at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College. We all have a role to play in public safety.”

“Welcome home, Tim,” said Peralta Community College District Interim Chancellor Dr. Jannett N. Jackson. “The right person at the right place at the right time can change the world. Tim, from right here in Oakland, is the right person to lead our campus public safety efforts at this pivotal time as we move away from a traditional policing model and work toward our vision for community oriented restorative justice, and a holistic view of public safety that includes meeting basic needs like food and housing, as well as providing mental health services. It’s not going to happen overnight; but we are absolutely moving in the right direction as we keep our students, staff, and community safe.”

In June 2019, the Peralta Board of Trustees asked the District administrative team to start planning for a new, holistic plan for campus safety. In June 2020, the Trustees voted to end the District’s contract with Alameda County Sherriff’s Office (ACSO) at the end of the year. Since January 1, 2021, the Peralta Colleges have been served by locally owned private unarmed security teams. In June 2021, the Trustees reinforced their commitment to social justice and public safety by unanimously passing Resolution 20/21-33 Renewing Support for the Holistic Safety and Wellness of District Students.

Organizationally, Campus Public Safety is part of the Department of General Services at the Peralta Community College District, however, Tim Thomas will be reporting directly to Chancellor Jackson when he begins on November 15th. “I will personally make sure that Tim has the resources and support he needs to be successful,” said Dr. Jackson. “Campus safety and security is so important for students and employees alike. For now, I want Tim to be part of the Chancellor’s Cabinet which I think will help him learn about Peralta and just as importantly, it will help facilitate the work he will be doing at the Colleges.”

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Safe Return to Campus Town Hall Webinar on October 4, 2021

28 September 2021

Please join Interim Chancellor Dr. Jannett N. Jackson and her Cabinet team for a Town Hall meeting to discuss our Return to Campus “soft launch” plan.  This Town Hall session will take place on Monday, October 4, 2021, from 10am to 11:30am. Zoom details are below.
The meeting agenda will include:
  • Vaccination Policy Updates for Employees & Students
  • Return to Campus Planning for Classified Professionals
  • Campus Facilities Update
  • Campus Public Safety Update
  • HEERF3 Spending Plans
  • Time for Q&A

Students, employees, and community members are all cordially invited to attend.

When: Oct 4, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Town Hall: Safe Peralta Return to Campus

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84345764342pwd=NnhBZ29mRWMzR29oWWlQamRVc0JDdz09
Passcode: 393416
Or One tap mobile :
US: +13462487799,,84345764342#,,,,*393416# or +17207072699,,84345764342#,,,,*393416#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 720 707 2699 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592
Webinar ID: 843 4576 4342
Passcode: 393416

The Town Hall meeting will be recorded and made available on the Peralta Colleges YouTube channel.

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Students: Welcome to the Fall 2021 Semester

31 August 2021

Welcome to the Peralta Colleges!  Education is a powerful path to achieving health and prosperity, and I’m so pleased you have enrolled for the Fall 2021 semester at District Office here in the Peralta Community College District.

We are here to support you every step of your educational journey. Please check in with your college Student Services office for any needs you might have.

We have Chromebook computers, WiFi hotspots, financial aid, tutoring, and other services available for you. Keep an eye out for free meals and fresh produce. We are here for you.

If your class is in-person on campus, you should know that we have a vaccination policy that needs to be followed. Here is the policy:

“As a condition of, and, for permission to access all properties controlled by the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) all students must provide proof of “full” COVID-19 vaccination (as defined by the U.S. Center for Disease Control) or submit a request for exception on medical, disability, religious grounds, or a deferral based on pregnancy. In addition, all non-COVID-19 vaccinated students will be required to properly wear Face Masks that always cover mouths and noses while on PCCD controlled property and must be tested weekly for COVID-19.”

To show proof of your vaccination, we suggest using the California Digital COVID-19 Record here: https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/.

To access a building on campus:

  1. You’ll need to pass a screening checkpoint.
  2. Use the app called Campus Shield (for Apple iOS devices, click here; for Google Play, click here).  Please download the app and register with your student email address (with @cc.peralta.edu).
  3. Before you come to campus, open Campus Shield and click “COVID Health Assessment” to answer a few questions that help assess your COVID status.

4.  After answering the screening questions, you should get a “green screen” COVID Health Assessment Badge like this that will allow you to pass through the checkpoint and enter the building or classroom.

If you do not get a “green screen” it means that your answers indicate a level of risk for COVID-19 and you will not be allowed to enter.  If you may have answered a question in error, we have kiosks on the campuses with staff available to help you.

 If you don’t have a mobile phone: Go to a kiosk on campus to take the assessment and receive a hard-copy printout allowing you to pass the checkpoint.

Please visit the Safe Peralta website at http://safe.peralta.edu for information including upcoming opportunities for getting vaccinated, information for testing services, and more.

We look forward to seeing you this semester, whether on Zoom, on campus, or both!

Very best wishes for a successful semester,

Dr. Jannett N. Jackson

Interim Chancellor

This message was sent on behalf of Dr. Jannett N. Jackson, Interim Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, to all incoming students on August 20, 2021. You can also read the email online here.

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District Flex Day Kicks Off the Fall 2021 Semester

31 August 2021

What a wonderful District-wide Flex Day on Thursday, August 23, 2021!
 
Thanks to Dr. Inger Stark (Staff Development Officer) for planning an informative day of talks and professional development sessions. 
 
Thanks also to the 381 people who attended the Flex Day Plenary Session – record attendance for a District Flex Day session! Officially, there were 594 total “attendees” (381 unique) with 345 as the maximum logged in concurrently. 
 
Dr. Jannett N. Jackson, Interim Chancellor, gave an informative and inspiring “Welcome” which is available on YouTube here. Dr. Jackson told the story of “Ubuntu” that was part of her August 13th update. Among many topics, she provided a recap of the special reports responding to ACCJC, FCMAT, and the Alameda County Grand Jury. She then briefed us on the COVID vaccination policy and all the work that has been done to prepare the campuses for classes beginning on August 23rd. Please watch here https://youtu.be/y7_Vry24jHM.
 
Chancellor Jackson’s talk was followed by a Leadership Panel featuring Dr. Donald Moore (President, District Academic Senate), Dr. Jennifer Shanoski (President, Peralta Federation of Teachers), Dr. Ronald McKinley (Interim Vice Chancellor, Human Resources and Employee Relations), Atheria Smith (Interim Vice Chancellor, General Services), Dr. Siri Brown (Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs and Student Success), and Antoine Mehouelley (Chief Technology and Information Officer). The video of the panel is available on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/sNoLoSohfW8
 
The full District Flex Day schedule is available here and includes links to Zoom recordings, slides, and feedback forms. 

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Chancellor’s Announcement – Back to Campus Update August 18, 2021

18 August 2021

August 18, 2021 

  

Dear Peralta Community,  

  

Thank you to all the faculty, staff, and administrators who are working so diligently to prepare for the fall semester that begins on Monday, August 23, 2021.  We’ve accomplished a lot to get ready and there’s still much to do.   

  

Vaccination Policy  

The PCCD Board of Trustees approved the first Bay Area community college district vaccination policy for students and employees, which we announced on August 5th. Employees, contractors, and students are required to show proof of vaccination (or a recent negative COVID test result) in order to be on campus. The draft administrative procedure regarding vaccinations has been posted on the Safe Peralta website and you can read it here.  We’ve also just posted the draft COVID-19 Prevention Plan.    

  

All of these documents and plans have been shared with leaders from all three collective bargaining units. We’ve met with the Peralta Federation of Teachers, and they have already indicated approval. We have met with IUOE Local 39 and they understand the policy and are not opposed. We have reached out to SEIU Local 1021 and hope to discuss with them shortly.   

  

Upcoming vaccination opportunities are posted on the Safe Peralta website. Free COVID testing for students is available at the Roots Clinic. We are investigating potential partners for on-campus testing service for students and employees.   

  

To aid with vaccination status tracking and campus access, employees should use Company Nurse online, a service offered by our insurance provider ASCIP. The screening and vaccination information submission form guide is available online at Safe Peralta.  Employees can start the process on the Company Nurse website here.   

  

Students and contractors should use the Campus Shield app. Campus Shield is available for both mobile devices and desktop computers but we recommend using the mobile app when visiting a campus. Once installed, use the COVID Health Assessment function within Campus Sheild to answer the screening questions for campus entry.   

  

We understand that many questions may come up regarding the vaccination policy.  Please send your questions to Human Resources at hr@peralta.edu.  There are FAQs posted on the Safe Peralta website, for employees and for students, and we’ll be using your feedback to get these FAQs updated.    

  

Facilities  

In my August 10th Announcement with Vice Chancellor of General Services Atheria Smith, we provided a building cleaning schedule. With “Help from HPLE” (High Performance Learning Environments), the cleaning teams have made excellent progress.  As of last night, August 17, 2021, the buildings that were prioritized for cleaning at all four colleges and the District office have been cleaned, tested, passed the tests, and are ready for use.   

  • Following CDC guidelines, plumbing for our water supply has been flushed in order to prevent Legionella and other potential problems from water systems after a prolonged shutdown.   
  • HVAC systems have been examined and we are working through the list of things discovered during that examination including the changing of air filters.   
  • Signs for posting on campuses with information about indoor mask requirements and CDC recommendations for mitigating the spread of COVID are currently being printed. These will be posted on the campuses on Friday, August 20th.   

We will open with limits on August 23rd.  DGS, working closely with IT and Risk Management, is trying to standardize the entry process for all campuses. Berkeley City College will have a slightly different access procedure given the process for facial recognition and temperature-taking already in use there. We will share the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) with the Vice Presidents of Administrative Services at each of the campuses.  

  

Buildings prioritized for opening have been cleaned and tested. Marina Security will have patrol officers stationed at those building entrances to review COVID access credentials (Company Nurse for employees and Campus Shield for students and visitors).  Kiosks will be available at Laney, Merritt, and COA to help students and employees with access to Campus Shield and Company Nurse. These kiosks will be staffed from 7:30am to 8:30pm Monday through Friday, with additional time planned for weekend classes.  

  

All campuses will have security teams patrolling 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As always, if you need to report a security or safety concern, or need an escort from a campus location to the parking lot, you can call the Campus Public Safety dispatcher at (510) 466-7236.  

  

DGS will be providing daily updates as we continue to prepare for the limited opening on August 23rd. We will be posting those updates on https://safe.peralta.edu/ 

  

Flex Day  

Please join me on Thursday morning, August 19th, to kick off the district-wide Flex Day for professional development. I’ll be sharing more about my vision for our community and the need for “ubuntu” here at Peralta.  The morning session begins at 8:30am – please register for the opening session here.   

  

The situation with COVID-19 and the Delta variant is changing rapidly and we ask for your patience as we work to maintain a safe environment for students and employees.  Please visit https://safe.peralta.edu/ to keep up with the latest developments here at PCCD.  

  

Again, thank you all for your dedication in serving the students of the Peralta Community College District.   

  

Be Safe, and Stay Well,  

Jannett N. Jackson, PhD  

Interim Chancellor 

 

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California Budget May Revise Additional Analysis

26 May 2021

Dear Peralta Community,

I want to follow up on the PCCD Announcement sent on Friday, May 21, 2021, which you can read online here: https://gems.peralta.edu/california-budget-update-the-may-revise. That was a very high level analysis of the budget, and I’d like to provide you and the Peralta Community with additional details about this fantastic budget revision proposed for the next fiscal year.

COLA
Most notably, the proposal increases the Cost of Living Adjustment or “COLA” for the Student Centered Funding Formula (SCFF) from the 1.5% proposed in January to 4.05%, reflecting a compounded adjustment of 2.3% for 2020-21 and 1.7% for 2021-22, and matching the proposed rate for K-12. It also increases the COLA for categorical slightly to 1.7% (up from 1.5%) and proposes a 5% increase for the Student Equity and Achievement and Strong Workforce Programs, new spending to expand vocational training opportunities and English as a Second Language (ESL) opportunities, support for affordability and basic needs strategies, and investments in technology.

Elimination of Budget Deferrals
The May Revision proposes to use one-time funds of $1.45 billion to eliminate budget year deferrals rather than carrying a portion of the deferrals forward as proposed in January. The deferrals would be paid back in July and August 2021.

College Affordability Zero Cost Textbook Pathways
Compared to the January proposal, the May Revision increases funding for expansion of Zero Cost Textbook pathways from $15 million to $115 million one-time. The definition of such pathways would be expanded to include low- to no-cost degrees in cases where colleges cannot eliminate the cost due to royalties paid to authors.

Grants to Dislocated Workers
The May Revision provides $1 billion in one-time federal funds to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to support a grant program for displaced workers who want to enroll in an education program, start a business, or engage in training to reskill or upskill. The funds would be available over approximately three years, and CSAC would disseminate the funds to the higher education segments to provide grants to individuals on behalf of the Commission. The grants would be aimed at workers displaced from their employment due to COVID-19, and could be spent on high-quality training or starting a business.

Other Changes to Financial Aid
The May Revision leaves in place proposals from the January Governor’s Budget to increase the number of competitive Cal Grant awards by 9,000 and provide access awards for foster youth, and to require high school seniors to complete a financial aid application.

Student Needs Basic Needs Centers
The May Revision includes a new proposal for ongoing funding of $30 million to support basic needs centers and coordinators. According to the Department of Finance, the proposal would allow for the integration of financial aid and basic needs centers, as proposed by the Chancellor’s Office in its Plan for an Equitable Recovery. This funding would be in addition to the January proposal for $30 million ongoing to support targeted basic needs for mental health services and access to technology.

Workforce Development Regional Partnerships
The proposal includes $250 million in non-Proposition 98 General Funds for workforce development, to be allocated to the Office of Planning and Research to provide grants to regional K-16 collaborative. The grants would require the involvement of at least one institution from all three segments, with a focus on aligning higher education with workforce needs and streamlining pathways to high-paying, in demand jobs. The proposal is intended to support five to eight grants for a collaborative modeled after the Fresno K-16 Collaborative. In a separate proposal, $20 million one-time Proposition 98 funds would be provided to the community colleges to work with the California Workforce Development Board to build on current High Road Training Partnerships and High Road Construction Careers projects, and align them with community college pathways to train and bridge students into good quality jobs in industries that support the state’s economic recovery (including construction; healthcare; information technology; trade and logistics; forestry and agriculture; manufacturing; education; leisure and hospitality; janitorial and building maintenance; and clean energy and utilities). The training partnerships are intended to target workers from disadvantaged communities and many will target industries hit hardest by COVID-19.

The May Revision includes another $50 million in one-time non-Proposition 98 General Funds for the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and $10 million in one-time Proposition 98 funds to the community colleges for Regional Equity and Recovery Partnerships. The funding is intended to provide competitive grants to regional workforce development boards for regional partnerships with community college consortia to assess demand for good quality jobs and then design short-term targeted education, training, and job placement.

Other Actions Competency-based Education
The May Revision includes $10 million one-time to support a workgroup focusing on the planning and implementation of competency-based education (CBE), including the development of a funding model to support it. The funding could be used to support work the Chancellor’s Office is already doing on CBE, and to support pilot efforts at the college level.

COVID-19 Block Grants
The May Revision includes a proposal for $50 million one-time for institutional block grants to help colleges transition back to in-person education following the shift to online instruction and other disruptions related to the pandemic.

Technology-focused Investments
The May Revision proposes $10 million ongoing for program pathways technology and program mapping. The funding is intended to expand the implementation of mapping software that helps students understand curriculum pathways to facilitate pathway choice, student progress, and completion. Colleges would be encouraged to work with their university partners to ensure that program maps facilitate student planning for transfer and streamline baccalaureate completion. The May Revision also includes $4 million ongoing to support technology allowing colleges to provide enhanced library services. It leaves in place the January proposal for $10.6 million for a more robust online education ecosystem and infrastructure.

Deferred Maintenance
The May Revision includes $314 million in one-time Proposition 98 funds and an additional $250 million in federal funds to address deferred maintenance across the system.

Online Education
The May Revision maintains a proposal for districts to adopt policies by June 30, 2022 requiring campuses to maintain their courses and programs offered via online learning programs at a level that is at least 10 percentage points higher than the amount offered during the 2018‒19 academic year

Fifty Percent Law
A second requirement related to budget levels is a statutory requirement that each district spend at least half of its Current Expense of Education each fiscal year for salaries and benefits of classroom instructors. Under existing law, a district may apply for an exemption under limited circumstances.

Full-Time Faculty Obligation
State law sets a goal that 75% of instructional hours in each district should be taught by full-time faculty. Each district has a baseline reflecting the number of full-time faculty in 1988-89. Each year, if the Board of Governors determines that adequate funds exist in the budget, districts are required to increase their base number of full-time faculty over the prior year in proportion to the amount of growth in funded credit full-time equivalent students. The target number of faculty is called the Faculty Obligation Number (FON). An additional increase to the FON is required when the budget includes funds specifically for the purposes of increasing the full-time faculty percentage. The chancellor is required to assess a penalty for a district that does not meet its FON for a given year. The Board of Governors, at their November 2020 meeting, determined that the Budget Act of 2020 did not provide adequate funding to support increases to districts’ full-time faculty hiring obligations for Fall 2021. As a result, districts may maintain FON compliance for Fall 2021 by meeting their Fall 2020 FON, Fall 2021 FON, or the percentage of instructional hours taught by full-time faculty that was achieved for Fall 2020. Districts must continue to report actual full-time and part-time faculty data to the Chancellor’s Office. While penalties are deferred and not waived, the Chancellor’s Office will continue to calculate and publish FON data for the system. Due to the robust levels of funding proposed for the 2021 Budget, we anticipate that the Board of Governors will approve full implementation of the FON for Fall 2022

The Finance team is actively working on the preliminary budget for PCCD. Thank you all for your input as the budget goes through the collaborative governance process.

Very best wishes,

Adil Ahmed

Interim Vice Chancellor

Department of Finance & Administration

Peralta Community College District

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