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Leadership Update regarding Accreditation Status

29 June 2021

Dear Peralta Community, 

Earlier today, Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College each received official communication from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC). During their June 9-11, 2021 meeting, the ACCJC reviewed the Special Reports, Institutional Self Evaluation Reports (ISERs) and peer review site visit reports from December 2020 and March 2021 to determine whether the Peralta Colleges met accreditation standards.  As we anticipated, the ACCJC acted to continue the status of Probation originally imposed in January 2020, with a required follow-up report due by October 1, 2021, in turn to be followed by a visit from a peer review team.   

All four colleges remain fully accredited during this probationary period.  

We expected this decision to extend probation because, while we have made great progress toward meeting all standards for accreditation, some concerns about District finances and Board governance remain. 

As you may recall, the probationary status placed on the colleges in January 2020 by ACCJC was not about academics or education, but solely about finances and organizational governance matters. During the past year, the ACCJC required the colleges to provide evidence of financial improvement and organizational stability at each of our colleges.  

The District’s four colleges each submitted evidence of financial performance improvement to ACCJC as well as documents, evidence and other information to demonstrate that we meet the required accreditation standards. 

The site visit peer review teams, both in December 2020 and in March 2021, acknowledged the considerable work that has been done to improve finances and create stability.  The special site review team in December 2020 noted that the team found “a committed, competent group of district and college leaders…who are earnestly making progress toward addressing all the Commission’s concerns as noted in prior reports and the January 2020 ACCJC communications.”  

The ACCJC has provided specific recommendations which we will continue to address. 

Finally, we want to thank all the faculty, classified professionals, and administrators who have worked so hard over the past 18 months to address the concerns raised by ACCJC in January 2020.  All that incredibly hard work, conducted remotely during a global pandemic, has not gone unnoticed.  Thank you for your dedication to our students! 

Yours in Education,

Dr. Jannett N. Jackson, Interim Chancellor, Peralta Community College District
Dr. Angélica Garcia, President, Berkeley City College
Dr. Nathaniel Jones III, President, College of Alameda
Dr. Rudy Besikof, President, Laney College
Dr. David M. Johnson, President, Merritt College

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2021 African and African American Graduation

17 May 2021

2021 African and African American Virtual Graduation: “Black Power is… Owning our Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Health”

The 2021 Peralta Colleges African and African American graduates from Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College are cordially invited to participate in the 13th Annual African and African American Graduation virtual celebration via YouTube beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2021.

“Black Power Is… Owning our Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Health” is the theme of this year’s graduation. The virtual occasion will be marked by drumming, libation, inspiring speaker remarks, uplifting music, and the personalized recognition of the 2021 African and African American graduates from the College of Alameda, Berkeley City College, Laney College, and Merritt Colle​ge. As always, this cultural celebration is in service to our African/African American students and will highlight the significance of their higher educational achievements to their family and the broader community, as well.

African / African American Graduation

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Leadership Statement on the George Floyd Murder Trial

21 April 2021

Dear Peralta Community,

Today, the jury trial for the murder of George Floyd concluded. In this case, the jury has found Derek Chauvin to be guilty of the charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

While this particular case has reached a conclusion, we want to acknowledge that pain and anguish of racism and violence against people of color persist. Our work to fight systemic racism, to create and foster social justice, continues.

We’ve made progress. In January, Peralta changed our policing model, replacing armed sheriff’s officers with unarmed uniformed safety and security professionals. Our commitment to diversity, respect, and restorative justice within our own community is unwavering. Indeed, these are core values here at the Peralta Community College District.

We know that this has been an extremely challenging time for our community, and we know more challenges will confront us in the days ahead. With this jury decision, some measure of justice has been rendered. We must continue to be vigilant.

So let us remember: we are stronger by our human connections. Please take a moment to check in with your co-workers, colleagues, friends, and family. An encouraging word and a moment of focused listening can be an important source of support for those close to us. We at the Peralta Community College District, from the Board of Trustees to the administrative teams at the District and Colleges, want to thank you for your vigilance and support.

Again, thank you and be safe,

Dr. Jannett Jackson, Interim Chancellor, Peralta Community College District

Dr. Angélica Garcia, President, Berkeley City College

Dr. David M. Johnson, President, Merritt College

Dr. Nathaniel Jones III, President, College of Alameda

Dr. Rudy Besikof, President, Laney College

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Dr. Jannett Jackson Returns to Peralta CCD as Interim Chancellor

24 March 2021

Dear Peralta Community,

The Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) have appointed Dr. Jannett Jackson as Interim Chancellor of the District effective April 16, 2021. Dr. Jackson is an experienced CEO having served as the esteemed Chancellor of the Chabot-Los Positas Community College District from 2013 to 2018 when she retired, and most recently as Interim President of Skyline Community College in San Bruno in 2019-2020.

This appointment represents a return to the Peralta District for Dr. Jackson. She first joined the District via College of Alameda in 2004 serving as Vice President of Instruction. In 2010 she was promoted to President of the College and she served as President with distinction through 2013, when she left to become Chancellor at the neighboring Chabot-Los Positas Community College District.

Dr. Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss, Board of Trustees President, said, “I’m so grateful to Dr. Jackson for coming back to Peralta. She knows this community so well. Her proven experience as both educator and chief executive officer will certainly help Peralta continue the good progress we’ve made over the past year, on both our finances and our accreditation. We believe our faculty, staff, administration, and particularly our students will be well served by her thoughtful leadership.”

Dr. Jackson will begin serving the District immediately on a consulting basis. She will be working together with current Interim Chancellor Dr. Carla Walter, who announced that she will be stepping down for personal reasons as of April 15, 2021. This overlapping period is intended to facilitate a smooth leadership transition from Dr. Walter to Dr. Jackson, when Interim Chancellor Jackson assumes leadership on April 16.

“I’m so excited to be coming back to Peralta. I’ve been watching the Peralta District closely over the past few years,” said Dr. Jackson. “I’m impressed by the strides the District has made in addressing the concerns raised by FCMAT (Fiscal Crisis Management and Assistance Team) back in 2019. I understand the feedback to the Colleges following the accreditation virtual site visits earlier this month was very positive, and that the latest fiscal year audit was clean and showed marked improvement over past audits. It’s clear that Peralta has made progress and is in a different and better space. I’m glad to do all I can to keep the District moving forward in service of students and a community that deserves excellence in education and career training.”

The District is currently conducting a nation-wide search for a permanent Chancellor. The search, being led by consultants AGB Search, is on a timeline to name a permanent Chancellor by July 1, 2021. People interested in learning more about this opportunity can visit the AGB Search site at

Thank you and be well,

Mark Johnson

Executive Director

Department of Marketing, Communication & Public Relations

Peralta Community College District

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Chancellor’s resignation announcement

17 March 2021

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff: 

Chancellor Carla Walter, who has served the Peralta Colleges with distinction and honor, has announced her resignation effective April 15. 

On behalf of the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees I want to thank Dr. Walter for her leadership as Chancellor for the past eight months during one of the most difficult periods in the nation’s and the district’s history. 

We are fortunate to have had a strong and committed leader at the PCCD helm during these past eight months and we are sad to have Dr. Walter depart as she has helped guide the District through the pandemic. 

Dr. Walter informed me of her decision to resign for personal reasons on March 15.  

In announcing her resignation to us, Dr. Walter said “I am honored to have served the students, faculty, and staff of PCCD, and the people of Alameda County.” Further, she wished all of the students, faculty and staff well and encouraged us to continue to make PCCD one of the top community college districts in the State. 

Dr. Walter’s resignation comes just as PCCD begins its search for a permanent Chancellor. The board will consider an interim appointment to replace Dr. Walter between now and when a new permanent Chancellor is selected, which is anticipated later this year.  


The PCCD Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Carla Stalling Walter to serve as the District’s Interim Chancellor effective Oct. 1, 2020 and continue through June 2021 or until a permanent chancellor was hired. Previously Dr. Walter served as the District’s Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration and started serving as Acting Chancellor for the District this past July. She has more than 20 years of successful experience in financial administration and in higher education, including leadership posts at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and State Center Community College District.  

During her time as Interim Chancellor, Dr. Walter helped the District make substantial progress in addressing concerns about insolvency raised June 2019 by the Fiscal Crisis Management & Assistance Team (FCMAT). Her leadership resulted in notable outcomes including the Special Visit report noting the stability in College leadership at each campus and implementing the work with Cambridge West in securing data integrity, a critical component in the District’s financial stability. In addition, the District refinanced interest rates of its outstanding general obligation bonds to save taxpayers nearly $5 million dollars, earned a higher credit rating from Moody’s Investors Services, and secured millions in grant funding to provide services for students.  

Also, of importance, Dr. Walter’s leadership and collaboration with the four colleges within the District, Laney College, Merritt College, College of Alameda, and Berkeley City College, has helped place the colleges firmly on the road to overcoming probationary status by the Accrediting Commission for Community and  Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 

We wish Dr. Walter all the best and thank her for her service to the Peralta Colleges.  


Dr. Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss


Board of Trustees

Peralta Community College District

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Join us for PCC Bond Program Virtual Outreach

16 March 2021

Join us on March 31, 2021 at 10:00am for the Peralta Community Colleges Bond Program 2021 for a 6 months look-ahead on Program-wide projects to improve life at all four Peralta Campuses. Click the image below or here to register and receive a link for the Zoom meeting.

For more information on Peralta’s bond program, go to


Bond Outreach flier



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Chancellor Announcement: Update on summer and fall 2021 semesters

10 March 2021

Dear Peralta Community, 

I’m writing to help us all in our planning for summer and fall 2021 semesters.   

We continue to work closely with local public health officials and the State Chancellor’s Office while we serve the community and meet our mission. Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College will continue to offer the majority of the courses and services as online or hybrid this summer and fall semester. 

Summer 2021 

All course offerings will be 100% online except a limited number of Career Education and Athletic Conditioning courses that will be determined by the College leadership and will be conducted in alignment with all safety and social distancing protocols.  

Student services will continue to be offered online, including Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, and Counseling, to name a few. 

The campuses at the four colleges and the District office will remain officially closed through the summer semester and the end of July 2021, with the same exceptions as we have now (individuals performing essential tasks on site, the limited classes with face-to-face instruction, and the coached athletic conditioning sessions).  

Fall 2021 

The majority of courses will continue to be offered 100% online with limited hybrid and face-to-face course offerings to include Career Education, Athletic Conditioning, Science Laboratories, and selected courses and/or programs to be determined by the College leadership. Additionally, the administration is considering offering limited Student Services face-to-face support for students, but no formal determination has been made.  

The situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be changing for the better and on March 2 the Governor lifted the statewide “stay at home” order. However, the vaccination process is taking time and the Alameda County “shelter in place” order remains in effect. Rest assured, the health and safety of Peralta Community College District students, employees and community members has been and remains our top priority in this pandemic. 

I want to thank all of you: faculty, classified professionals, and administrators, for your continued dedication to serving students during these challenging times. I also thank you for your patience as we navigate the many changes the pandemic presents us.  

Visit for the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic and Peralta Community College District.   

Thank you, stay and be well, 

Dr. Carla Walter

Interim Chancellor

Peralta Community College District

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Update on the State Budget and the State of Peralta’s Budget

9 March 2021

2020-21 P1 Announcement


Dear Peralta Community,


I’m writing to share information with you regarding our current FY 2020-21 budget. As part of the annual California state budget process, the state provides apportionments, with First Principal Apportionment (P1) in February and Second Principal Apportionment (P2) in June. This is an update regarding our P1, First Principal Apportionment. 


The Peralta Community College District (District) receives operations funding from the state of California in accordance with the Student-Centered Funding Formula (SCFF), which bases general apportionments – discretionary funds available to community college districts – on three calculations:

  • A base allocation, which largely reflects enrollment.
  • A supplemental allocation based on the numbers of students receiving a College Promise Grant, students receiving a Pell Grant and students covered by AB 540.
  • A student success allocation based on outcomes that include the number of students earning associate degrees and credit certificates, the number of students transferring to four-year colleges and universities, the number of students who complete transfer-level math and English within their first year, the number of students who complete nine or more career education units and the number of students who have attained the regional living wage.

Despite a decrease in enrollment at Peralta (and across Community Colleges broadly), there have been adjustments made to ensure the District will remain at the same level of funding it received prior to the SCFF.


General Funding Background


The base allocation relies primarily on enrollment measures as of the current year, while the supplemental allocation and student success allocation rely on data primarily from the prior year. Generally, the Chancellor’s Office certifies apportionments three times per year with P1 and R1 (first recalculation) in February, Second Principal (P2) in June, and Advance in July; however additional certifications are completed as necessary.


Background – P1


The Total Computational Revenue (TCR) in P1 reflects the inclusion of the newly applicable TCR stability protection, which provides the greater of the current year or prior year TCR. Peralta received approximately $6.7 million in a Stability Protection Adjustment to offset the decline enrollment in fiscal year 2020-21. The Hold Harmless Protection for fiscal year 2020-21 remains at approximately $ 7.1 million.


2020-21 P-1 Summary

  • 2019-20 R-1 FTES were 15,523.71 while 2020-21 P-1 FTES are 12,910.05, a decline of 2,613.66 FTES. The State Chancellor’s Office used the Emergency Conditions Allowance to fund the District’s decline in enrollment for the current year’s allocation.
    • Peralta CCD received $ 6,652,536 as a Stability Protection Adjustment which is the difference between 2019-20 SCFF calculated revenue and 2020-21 SCFF calculated revenue.
    • Peralta CCD received $ 7,125,422 in 2020-21 as the Hold Harmless Protection Adjustment.



While we are receiving the same amount of TCR, we have a $13.7 million potential “SCFF Cliff” gap we need to address (approximately $6.65 million for Stability Protection Adjustment and approximately $7.1million from Hold Harmless adjustment).  We all need to work together in order to reduce this “SCFF Cliff.”  We can do this via our work on Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) as we strive to both increase enrollment and control costs. 

If you have questions, please let me know – you can reply to this message or write to me at
All the best,
Adil Ahmed
Interim Vice Chancellor of Finance & Administration
Peralta Community College District

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Chancellor Announcement: PeopleSoft Upgrade Phase One Complete

19 February 2021

Dear Peralta Community,

Earlier this week, the Peralta Community College District completed Phase One of our technology upgrade of Oracle’s PeopleSoft system. This has been an all consuming project.  Together, we did it.

With Phase One complete, we have successfully moved our enterprise system for finance, human resources, and student data management to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.  Moving to the Oracle Cloud improves our cyber security and provides increased protection of student and employee personal information. It also provides for enhanced disaster recovery (let us hope that aspect is not needed).

Also included in Phase One was the upgrade of our tools Passport, PROMT, and ONE Peralta to PeopleSoft version 9.2. The names of the tools and the URLs have changed, while the functions and workflows remain the same for now.

African man sitting at the table and using smartphone. Focus on smartphone
PeopleSoft version 9.2 is mobile-ready and you can now use your phones to complete tasks.

We are now well positioned for Phase Two, which will include the addition of modules in Human Capital Management and Finance Management that will allow us to modernize our workflows. We are just beginning to fully scope out and set a timeline for Phase Two.

Please allow me to express my gratitude to the many people who helped us successfully complete Phase One of our technology upgrade.

First, I want to thank the Board of Trustees, who approved this project in May 2020. FCMAT and CBT both recommended a technology upgrade for the District and I’m grateful to the Board for their commitment to follow up on those recommendations.

Director Antoine Mehouelley

Next, I want to thank Director Antoine Mehouelley, the District IT team, and the Oracle team who have worked on this project tirelessly over the past nine months – often including nights, weekends, and holidays. Thank you for your dedication.

But this work went beyond IT, so I also want to express my gratitude to the Chancellor’s Cabinet, the Department of Human Resources and Employee Relations, the Department of Finance and Administration, the Department of Academic Affairs and Student Success, the Department of General Services, the Department of Marketing, Communication & Public Relations, and the Staff Development Office.  We could not have done this without your many contributions.

And there’s more…I want to thank all the students who participated in focus groups and all those from each of the four colleges who participated in testing teams.

I also want to thank all who participated in our collaborative governance process for this project including the District Technology Committee, the District Academic Senate, the Peralta Classified Senate, PFT, and SEIU.

And thank YOU for your patience while the system was down from Feb 11-15 during the migration.

As you can see, this project had many contributors.  My sincere apologies if I have left out anyone else involved and rest assured, you have my gratitude as well.

Thank you, stay and be well,

Dr. Carla Walter

Interim Chancellor

Peralta Community College District

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Peralta Association of African American Affairs to award eight scholarships

17 February 2021

The Peralta Association of African American Affairs is awarding eight scholarships to African and African-American students for their outstanding academic achievements, leadership skills, community service, and to assist them in continuing their education.


  • Plan to be enrolled in at least six (6) degree applicable units at a community college or four-year institution in Fall 2021.

Note: Proof of Fall 2021 college enrollment is required to receive the scholarship.

  • Enrolled in at least six (6) degree applicable units at student’s home PCCD College, Spring 2021.

  • Must have completed a minimum of twenty-four (24) degree-applicable units within the Peralta Community College District as of Fall 2020 with a 3.0 cumulative degree-applicable GPA (grade point average).

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation: at least one from faculty or staff member at student’s home PCCD college.

The completed application packet, (including two letters of recommendation), must be submitted by Friday, April 9th, 2021. The name of your school’s representative must be listed in the subject line of the email.

Please click the link to complete the application. For the printable application click here. All completed documents must be emailed to

For more information regarding the above announcements, please click your affiliated school Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College.

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