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  • The Peralta Colleges 10:10 pm on June 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, , , Vice Chancellor Debbie Budd   

    Peralta Colleges Removed From Probation 

    I am happy to report that today I received a letter from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which informed me that the Commission has taken action to remove all four Peralta Colleges from probation.

    This is extremely good news and reflects the hard work of our Accreditation Teams, led by Vice Chancellor Debbie Budd, and the leadership shown by our Board of Trustees.

    We worked very hard to resolve issues related to information systems, governance and financial procedures that were raised by the Commission. A highly qualified senior management team has been diligently working on accreditation issues since December 2009, and their work has paid off with the welcome news that probation status has been removed.

    While the Commission has issued a warning – the lowest-level status alert – and made several recommendations for continued improvement, I am very pleased that our colleges have been removed from probation.

    I want to thank the Accreditation Teams at the Colleges and the District Office for their unwavering and diligent work to ensure the continued accreditation of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland.

    The Commission’s report will shortly be posted on our Web site, and I will keep our community informed by releasing further information as the Accreditation Teams work on their follow-up reports to the Commission.

    Wise E. Allen


    The Peralta Community College District

    June 30, 2011

  • The Peralta Colleges 9:32 pm on June 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alameda County Civil Grand Jury Report,   

    Statement Concerning the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury Report 

    The Peralta Community College District takes the findings of the Civil Grand Jury report seriously, and is pleased that the Civil Grand Jury recognized the progress made over the past year, at the direction of the Peralta Board of Trustees, in putting the District back on solid financial ground.

    The Board of Trustees has taken aggressive action to improve fiscal oversight at the Peralta Community College District. The Board has made numerous changes in personnel, policies and procedures to improve transparency and accountability, a fact recognized in the report.

    While detailing the history of the District’s retirement bond investments in its report, the Civil Grand Jury found much improvement in the District’s financial oversight and complimented the Board of Trustees on taking decisive action to address past concerns.

    The report noted the following specific corrective steps that the Board of Trustees has taken:

    • The Board of Trustees hired an “eminently qualified” expert consultant who developed a Corrective Action Matrix and oversaw a financial recovery plan. The report notes, “the [Civil] Grand Jury believes implementation of this plan – still in early stages – has the potential for fully addressing the issues raised…” (Page 141)
    • The Board of Trustees hired a new vice chancellor of finance and administration, a budget director and other key finance staff; the Civil Grand Jury learned, according to their report, “that significant improvements have been made under the direction of the new vice chancellor,” as noted on page 143.
    • The Civil Grand Jury notes on pages 151-152, that “important signs” indicate progress has been made, including the development of sound fiscal management, the hiring by the Board of Trustees of a “highly qualified” and “credible” interim chancellor, a new vice chancellor, also “highly qualified” and “credible,” and new outside financial advisors.
    • The Civil Grand Jury also notes on page 152 that “the Board [of Trustees] is making progress in improving its fiscal decision-making and creating appropriate financial policies.”
    • The Civil Grand Jury concludes “the financial management of the district is now in competent hands.” It further states, “The appointment of the present interim chancellor … is a positive development…showing promise to guide the district through the recovery plan.”

    In addition, the Board of Trustees has already implemented fully or partially all of the recommendations made by the Civil Grand Jury. For example, a Retirement Board was created on April 13, 2011, and has met three times.

    The recommendations made in the report mirror the Corrective Action Matrix that the Board of Trustees has already implemented. Effective change, in step with the recommendations made by the Civil Grand Jury, is already underway at the Peralta Community College District.

    The Board of Trustees has implemented a long-term solution to funding the District’s commitment to employee benefits by budgeting and setting aside funds on an annual basis. This will fully fund the actuarial liability facing the District over a 25-year period.

    At the Board of Trustees’ direction, the District has begun the process of restructuring bond-related principal and interest payments. This restructure will allow the District to make consistent and moderate payments, while minimizing any financial impact to the classroom.

    The Board of Trustees has taken action to put outdated investment strategies behind it, and the District is now able to concentrate fully on the Peralta Colleges’ educational mission. As noted throughout the Civil Grand Jury report, the Peralta Community College District is well on its way, under the leadership of the Board of Trustees, to full financial recovery.


     Wise E. Allen


    The Peralta Community College District

    June 28, 2011

  • The Peralta Colleges 7:08 pm on June 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, East Bay Young Democrats (EBYD), Keith Carson, Rebecca Saltzman   

    Peralta Trustee Abel Guillén Receives East Bay Elected Official of the Year Award 

    OAKLAND, CA – Peralta Community College District Trustee Abel Guillén will receive the Elected Official of the Year award from the East Bay Young Democrats (EBYD) at the group’s June 30th celebration. A Peralta Trustee since 2006, Guillén has provided valuable leadership to the four East Bay colleges – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland.

    “I am honored to receive this recognition from one of the most effective and diverse organizations fighting for young people in the East Bay,” said Guillén. “This acknowledgement sends a message to our students and young people, that, collectively, we have the power to create change in our community.”

    The East Bay Young Democrats (EBYD) is the region’s premier Democratic club for working people under 36 years old. The group helps shape the Democratic Party for the next generation and promotes the interests of young adults in local, state and national politics.

    “We are proud to be recognizing the strong leadership of Abel Guillén who is a community organizer and grassroots leader,” said EBYD president Rebecca Saltzman. “Abel is a proven leader and strong advocate for our community, and as a Trustee of the Peralta Community Colleges Board, he has fought passionately to secure access to a quality, affordable education.”

    Other past EBYD honorees include Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson and Assemblymember Nancy Skinner.

    “It is an honor to be associated with such a dynamic group of elected officials who are past recipients of this award, and who are fighting everyday for our community both locally and in Sacramento,” Guillén said.

    Reelected to the Board of Trustees last fall, Guillén plans to continue strengthening Peralta Colleges’ partnerships in the community. “Abel’s journey to become the youngest member ever to serve as Peralta Board President serves as an inspiration for young Democrats throughout the East Bay and beyond,” Said Saltzman.

    “We are very pleased at the Peralta Colleges to see one of our Trustees honored in this way,” said Dr. Wise E. Allen, Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District. “It is truly something we can all be proud of, the contributions that Trustee Guillén has made to our district and the community.”

    The East Bay Young Democrats’ “Blue & Green” third annual awards gala honoring Guillén will be held Thursday, June 30, at Numi Tea Garden, 2230 Livingston St., Oakland, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for non-members. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Event tickets may be purchased online at http://www.ebyd.org/site/events/annual-gala.

    For more information about EBYD: info@ebyd.org

  • The Peralta Colleges 6:17 pm on June 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bar Three-Fifty-Five, Gregoire, Issues, Landmark Theatres, MUA, Remedy, Souley Vegan, The Layover, Wertzteria   

    9th Floor Radio Summer Fun Fundraiser!!! 

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 7:54 pm on June 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alameda County Public Health Services, Car Seat Safety Check, Public Health   

    Alameda County Public Health Car Seat Safety Check at the Peralta Community College District Parking Lot 

    On Wednesday, June 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the annual car seat safety check event sponsored by the Alameda County Public Health Services will be held in the parking lot by the chancellor’s office at the Peralta Community College District.

    Posted by Chris Gat

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