Accreditors Place Troubled Peralta Community College District on Probation

Accreditation officials will announce Friday that they have placed the Peralta Community College District’s four East Bay colleges on “probation,” a severe sanction meaning the schools are out of compliance with a number of required standards and must repair the problems or be further penalized.

The new status is the latest in a series of troubles for Peralta, whose four colleges are Berkeley City College, the College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt in Oakland. The campuses serve as a leg up into the middle-class for some 50,000 students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college.

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