College of Alameda Accreditation Update

Published June 10th, 2014 in College News

Data regarding the event was collected and will be handed back to the teams and publicized shortly.

We have received drafts from five of our eleven Standard teams!

Thank you Carolyn Johnson, Charlene Perlas, David Sparks, Vanson Nguyen, Luis Escobar, John Steiner, and the fabulous teams behind you for getting us the drafts to Standards IB, IIA, IIC, IIIA, and IIIB!!

The remaining six drafts are in process and expected by July 11.

Thank you to all of COA’s terrific team leaders who are making this all happen for us.

Templates for the teams to use in drafting sections were all finalized – loaded to the COA Self-Study Dropbox June 16th – and distributed via e-mail June 17th! If you are a team lead, your hard copy materials are all waiting at L229, “The Hub” for your use.

Dropbox has been updated!!! All ACCJC resources in the “COA Accreditation Resources” are the most current editions, and new resources, befitting the drafting stage, have been uploaded. Team Leads, check it out and share the resources with your teams!

Waiting for data from the District? We are in contact with the Department of Institutional Research and will be able to provide an updated timeline regarding receipt of the data requests by this coming Tuesday, July 1.

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Dr. Eric V. Gravenberg Appointed Interim President of College of Alameda

Published July 8th, 2013 in College News

Dr. Gravenberg has served in several senior leadership positions at major universities, both public and private. He is a seasoned administrator with a successful track record in building consensus, and cultivating a cadre of leaders dedicated to educational and economic equity.

Formerly, he was Vice President for Undergraduate Education at Alliant International University in San Diego, the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at CSU, Sacramento and Vice President with Noel Levitz, a higher education consulting firm specializing in enrollment management. Dr. Gravenberg has also served as the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at Howard University, the Director of Admission at UC Riverside, Director of the Learning Center at Humboldt State University, and Statewide Director for the CSU for Student Affirmative Action.

Dr. Gravenberg has authored numerous publications and received a number of awards recognizing his accomplishments as an innovative, passionate and committed leader for educational equity.

Dr. Gravenberg is civic-minded and engaged in community affairs. He has participated in various business and industry advisory councils and local foundations. Besides membership in a number of civic and professional organizations, he volunteers his time as mentor for high school and college students.

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COA Students Assisting in Research Study with UC Berkeley

Published February 21st, 2013 in College News

Did a large asteroid collide with Earth 66 million years ago? College of Alameda chemistry students Jon Howell, Jessica Ng and Jenna Luckhardt are helping COA chemistry professor Peter Olds elucidate the nature of this possible ancient impact by working on KT Boundary Impact Rocks at UC Berkeley lab.

Scientists are currently trying to determine if a large asteroid or comet collided with the Earth 66 million years ago, probably causing the demise of the non-avian dinosaurs and 75% of animal and plant species. This catastrophic disruption is known as the Cretaceous-Tertiary or KT impact event. Scientists study this KT event by separating and identifying small grains of the mineral chromite, which were deposited with the impact layer 66 million years ago in southern Colorado and eastern Wyoming. It is not known yet whether these grains are from the terrestrial target rocks or from the extraterrestrial impacting object. Chemistry and mineralogy tests, like the ones these CoA students are conducting, will provide the answer.

“If the grains are terrestrial then the consensus view that the Chicxulub crater on the Yucatan Peninsula is the only KT boundary impact site will be thrown into doubt”, says COA chemistry professor Peter Olds. “If the grains are extraterrestrial, science may be able to identify the type of object (class of meteorite) that hit. Whatever the answer, it will be new and exciting,” added Olds.

This research is currently being carried out at the Earth and Planetary Science Department at UC Berkeley where at least one of these College of Alameda students plans to transfer.

“With sufficient funds and allocation of space, this project could be expanded into a rock chemistry program at The Peralta Colleges’ 860 Atlantic science facility,” said College of Alameda President, Jannett Jackson, “allowing a much greater number of COA science students to benefit from the experience.”

Faculty and administrators within the Peralta Community College District – which also includes Berkeley City College and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland – believe that lab experience, as well as lab safety skills, gained in such an environment are transferable to other scientific disciplines. A job well done in this research study may result in student transfer to quality four-year academic institutions like UC Berkeley or opportunities for employment as a laboratory technician in the private or government sectors. “This is a wonderful educational opportunity for current and future students at The Peralta Colleges,” said president Jackson.

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College of Alameda’s New Website is Unveiled

Published July 24th, 2012 in College News
screenshot of the new main webpage for the college

As of July 30, College of Alameda’s website has a new look and feel.   The new website is designed with a clean, well-organized, user-friendly format which offers quick and easy access to the resources that students need.  For questions or problems with the website, contact the webmaster using the webmaster link in the footer of this website.

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Transfer Opportunities

Published July 24th, 2012 in College News
group of students in a physics classroom

Every year, Professor Patti Tsai invites former students to speak to her Physics 4C class about schoolwork at 4 year Universities. Many wonder if they will be adequately prepared to begin advanced coursework when they transfer out of the Peralta Colleges. The good news is that the Math and Science departments at our Colleges engineer students to excel in their University careers. Congratulations to all of our students who transfer to 4 year Universities!

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Learning Communities at College of Alameda

Published May 29th, 2012 in College News

On May 9, the four Student Learning Communities at College of Alameda, Adelante, Amandla, APASS and Create the Class, celebrated their students’ success in the District Atrium. The Learning Communities use cultural curricula to engage students and teach the basic skills and confidence to succeed. We are all proud of these student success stories!

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