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Holiday Season Letter From Chancellor Allen

15 December 2011

One of the highlights of the year was that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, the body that oversees college accreditation removed all four Peralta Colleges from probation. The Commission’s action reflects the hard work of Peralta’s Accreditation Teams, led by Vice Chancellor Debbie Budd, and the leadership shown by Peralta’s Board of Trustees. It was a real team effort that led to us being taken off probation and I want to thank Joseph Bielanski, and everyone for all their work in doing so.

In addition to working on accreditation issues, Ed Services has been busy this past year. The planning and budgeting model is now in its third year, and faculty continue to work to find ways to increase student success. Workshops have been held and there is sharing among faculty on accelerated and contextualized instruction. We have also worked to ensure assessment is used to assist, adjust and advance student learning. With the second year of implementation of our BI tool, information is at the fingertips of faculty, staff and administration ensure data-driven decision-making.  We have developed a much needed transcript summary for use by student services, and are in the initial phases of rolling out our academic advising module.

In accordance with SB 1440 all colleges have developed two transfer degrees using the AS-T and AA-T format, with Berkeley City College submitting four such degrees to the State for approval. All areas are working on ensuring Board Policies are updated and that the administrative procedures are developed for transparency. While the State continues to make cuts through workload reductions, Peralta continues to productively meet its FTES targets while maintaining programs for our students.

Distance education continues to grow and we now offer more than 150 classes each term. Our Moodle platform is now available for all instructors, both on-line and face-to-face, and as a result more faculty are using educational technology in their instruction.

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