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About Academic Affairs


The Academic Affairs Division is responsible for providing state-level review of community college curriculum and instructional support activities. The division is committed to providing leadership and technical assistance to enhance the capacity of the community colleges in the areas of academic planning, review and approval of credit degrees and certificates, Library and Learning Resources, technology strategic planning, basic skills/ESL intersegmental policies, program development and coordination, credit/noncredit adult education, and Fund for Student Success (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement program, Puente Project, and Middle College High School program).

Key Contacts:

Alice Perez, vice chancellor 

Kathy Carroll
, executive secretary 

Alice Perez

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Alice Perez

Alice Perez joined the Chancellor’s Office in November 2017 as vice chancellor of academic affairs. The Academic Affairs Division of the Chancellor's Office is responsible for providing state-level design and review of community college curriculum and instructional support activities. Additionally, the division is responsible for providing policy recommendations to the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges and consultation.

Vice Chancellor Perez began her postsecondary education at UC Berkeley where she earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities. Perez went on to complete a masters in English program with a concentration in poetry at San Francisco State University and a Ph.D in English at UC Davis. During her doctoral studies, Perez was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship to Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany where she taught in the American Studies program. After returning to the United States, Vice Chancellor Perez served as English chair at a college-prep boarding school for at-risk teens in northern California, and taught creative writing and American literature at San Francisco State and Shasta College, in addition to completing a semester-long teaching fellowship at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan where she collaborated with faculty in curriculum redesign toward increasing student engagement and activity. 

Perez was named dean of Arts & Humanities at Santa Barbara City College in July 2006 where she has overseen three academic credit divisions, Assessment, the Learning Resource Center, the Honors Program, SBCC’s Basic Skills initiative Partnership for Student Success, several federal HSI Title V grants involving developmental education and GE pathways.