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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

April 2019


With only seven weeks until the end of the 2018-2019 academic year, Compton College has a full schedule of activities and events in the next couple of months.

This week was highlighted by several important events including the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Instructional Building #1 and the kick-off luncheon for the Oliver W. Conner College Promise program. The all-new Instructional Building #1 is a 28,845-square-foot, state-of-the-art instructional building to house classrooms for Compton College. It will be the second new instructional building constructed on district grounds since the 1990s following the opening of the Allied Health Building, which was completed in January 2016. The $18.8 million Instructional Building #1 is made possible through the 2002 Measure CC bond and state capital outlay funds. It is targeted for completion in spring 2021.


Oliver W. Conner College Promise Program

On April 16, 2019, Compton College hosted 60 guests at the Oliver W. Conner College Promise Program luncheon in the Student Success Center Art Gallery. The event provided an opportunity to introduce the Oliver W. Conner family to the Compton College administration, Compton College Promise staff, as well as our partners from Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount unified school districts.


CCCD Community Meeting Hosted by Trustee Barbara Calhoun

On April 17, 2019, Compton Community College District Board of Trustee member Barbara Calhoun hosted a Community Meeting from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Los Angeles Adventists Academy Auditorium in Los Angeles. Topics for this community meeting included accreditation, facilities update, community participation in governance opportunities, and summer/fall 2019 enrollment. We plan to host additional meetings in the future in communities served by the Compton Community College District. Click here to view the presentation.


Accreditation Update

Compton College is in the process of implementing the items cited in the plans section of the ECC Compton Center Self-Evaluation Report and the recommendations for improvement cited in the External Evaluation Report. The status of the plans section and recommendations for improvement are outlined in the Compton College Institutional Self-Evaluation Action Items document. We are also working on implementation of the projects associated with the Compton College Quality Focused Essay-Special Report that was submitted to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) on November 22, 2017. The Commission acted to accept the Quality Focus Essay-Special Report at its meeting on January 10-12, 2018.

The next Accreditation Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for June 12, 2019, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Compton College Boardroom. We have established the timeline for submitting the Mid-Term Report to the ACCJC prior to the March 15, 2021 deadline.


El Camino College/Compton College Transition

The El Camino College/Compton College Transition Committee continues its work on implementation of items cited in the Partnership Transition Plan, which is the internal planning document for the El Camino College/Compton College Transition. The next El Camino College/Compton College Transition committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in the Compton College Boardroom.

The Compton College CCCApply online application and the Compton College Ellucian Banner Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system went live in January 2019 and February 2019 respectively.  The Compton College summer 2019 searchable schedule is available online here. 

Students who completed the Authorization and Consent to Release Education Records form will receive their summer 2019 registration information via their personal email, as noted in their Student Information System student profile/account.

Summer 2019 registration appointment information will be available online, via MyCompton, beginning Monday, May 6, and summer 2019 registration begins Tuesday, May 14.  The new MyCompton portal will go live sometime later this month. Registration for the fall 2019 semester begins Tuesday, May 28. Compton College submitted a request to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office to modify the transition budget by reducing the budget for Compton College's staffing of the Information Technology Department and increasing the budget to cover the additional ERP cost. The updated Compton College Ellucian Banner ERP system implementation timeline is available here

You are all invited to the Compton Community College District/El Camino Community College District Partnership Celebration, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the Compton College Gymnasium. For more information on the El Camino College/Compton College Transition, please visit our transition webpage at www.compton.edu/compton114.


Compton College Enrollment

Over the past several years, enrollment at Compton College has been declining. For the 2018-2019 fiscal year, Compton College's Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES) goal is 5,980. We will not meet our enrollment goal as shown in the Five -Year FTES projectionsHowever, with the implementation of the Student-Centered Funding Formula, pg. 82-83 and the transition from El Camino Community College District, Compton College funding for the 2018-2019 year will be the 5,980 FTES amount plus the cost-of-living adjustment identified in the annual Budget Act and adjusted for increases to FTES.

We added additional courses to the spring 2019 second eight-week session, which began April 13, 2019.  Compton College will continue to monitor its Five -Year FTES projections and continue the development of the 2019-2022 Compton College Enrollment Management Plan, which will be linked to the Institution-Set Standards and the Foundation for California Community Colleges Vision for Success report. The 2019-2022 Compton College Enrollment Management Plan will be completed sometime in May 2019.


2017-2018 Compton College Fact Book Highlights

Each month, Compton College will highlight new information from the 2017-2018 Fact Book. For the month of April 2019, we are highlighting the gender breakdown of Compton College student-athletes. Only about 2% of the student population (250 out of 12,205 students) in 2017-2018 participated in athletics at Compton College. While Compton College has more female students overall than male (63% compared to 37%, page 9), there are male more student-athletes than female student-athletes (78% compared to 22%). The male athlete participation increased slightly over the past several years, while the female athlete population decreased dramatically ¾ down to only 55 participants in 2017-18 (down from 90 in 2016-17 and a high of 113 in 2014-15). Please see the chart breakdown on pages 19-20 of the Fact Book. Over the years, Compton College has increased the number of female athletes by adding softball and soccer. In the future, Compton College will attempt to add women's volleyball. However, for the 2019-2020 year, we will focus on increasing the number of women who participate in Compton College's current athletic programs, particularly in cross country, and track and field.


2019-2020 Compton District Tentative Budget

Development of the 2019-2020 Compton Community College District Tentative Budget is currently in progress and in alignment with the 2019-2020 Budget Development Calendar. As part of the annual Budget Development Process, we established the 2019-2020 Goals and developed the 2019-2020 Budget Assumptions for the organization. The 2019-2020 Goals and 2019-2020 Budget Assumptions will guide the Budget Development Process and institutional planning for the 2019-2020 year.  At the April 16, 2019 Compton District Board of Trustees meeting, the Board members participated in the annual Budget Workshop. The 2019-2020 Compton District Tentative Budget is scheduled to be presented to the Compton District Board of Trustees at its meeting on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.


2019 Compton College Commencement Ceremony

The 2019 Compton College Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, June 6, 2019, at 5:30 p.m., in the Football/Soccer Stadium. The keynote speaker for this year's ceremony is John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc. This will be the second Compton College Commencement Ceremony since receiving initial accreditation from the ACCJC on June 7, 2017.


7th Annual Ice Cream Social

Faculty and staff are invited to the 7th Annual Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Staff Lounge. The Distinguished Faculty and Staff awards will be presented, as well as the employee years-of-service recognition.


President/CEO "Open Hour"

As always, I welcome you to visit my office during my regular "Open Hour" on Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m.


President/CEO Student Office Hours

My final "Student Office Hours" for the spring semester will be held in the quad from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on May 15, 2019.

Quarterly Tartar Talks

Campuswide quarterly updates will continue to be held on the fourth Tuesday of the designated month from 1-2 p.m. in the Little Theater.

Tartar Talks Spring 2019-2020 Schedule:

  • April 23, 2019
  • September 17, 2019 
  • November 19, 2019
  • February 25, 2020
  • April 21, 2020

Let's finish the 2018-2019 academic year strong! This is an important time in Every Students' Success Story at Compton College, especially as many students plan for graduation and the continuation of their educational and career journeys.


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