College of Alameda placed on warning
The school has two years to fix the problems or face losing its accreditation.
The Accrediting Commission for Junior and Community College said the college needs to detail what it expects students to learn more consistently across disciplines, and also that it needs to clear a backlog of to-be-completed faculty evaluations. The school also needs to stand up a computer system to handle student, financial aid, human resources, and finance information.
The commission also said the school’s budgeting process is unclear to school staff and that financial software the school uses has amplified the problems. They also said the school hasn’t kept adequate records on capital assets.
“The district has not adequately maintained capital asset records sufficient to support the amounts reported for capital assets. The district needs to further strengthen its record keeping processes with sufficient paper trails to substantiate the claims,” the commission’s review team wrote.
They said their review, which goes back to 2006, “suggest(s) a lack of commitment to timely resolve the internal control and compliance issues raised by the independent auditors.”
A college spokeswoman said the school is already working to fix the problems identified in the report.
“The accreditation self study and evaluation team visit were a great opportunity to assess and improve our programs and services to students. We were already aware of most of the issues identified, but it was very helpful to have the team members’ feedback and suggestions,” college spokeswoman Shirleen Schemerhorn said.
The commission praised the school for demonstrating a high level of educational and student services and a warm and caring campus environment.
The 39-year-old college and three others included in the Peralta Community College District were placed on warning status in 2005. The district was taken off warning in 2006. The accreditation team also praised the school for progress it has made in addressing their past concerns.