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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

April 27, 2020


Campus Community,

I want to provide you with an update on Compton College in terms of COVID-19. As of April 26, 2020, there are a total of 43,464 positive cases and 1,755 deaths in California. For more information, go to https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx.

Compton College remains operating at Level Four - Severe Infection Rate, according to the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan. The Compton College Pandemic Coordinators and members of the President/CEO Cabinet met this week, and below are current updates.

Pass/No Pass Option
On Thursday, April 23, 2020, I received the Academic Senate of Compton College Resolution for Pass/No Pass Grading Option at Compton College. Consistent with the Resolution and California Community College Chancellors Office Executive Order 2020-02 - Temporary Suspension of Various Specified Grade-Related Regulations to Address the Continuity of Education in Community Colleges During the COVID-19 Declared State of Emergency, Compton College will provide the Pass/No Pass Option for all Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 courses. I have asked the Vice President of Student Services, Elizabeth Martinez, to work with faculty and staff within the Student Services Division to develop a plan to communicate the Pass/No Pass Option to students, including emails through CRM Advise. Included in the communication plan, we will strongly encourage students to meet with a counselor before selecting the Pass/No Pass option, and we will develop talking points for faculty and staff. Tomorrow, April 28, 2020, we will begin adjusting the Compton College Banner ERP system. Once the adjustments have been completed, we will establish a timeline for students to select the Pass/No Pass Option for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 courses.

More information regarding the Pass/No Pass Option will be included in future Compton College COVID-19 Updates.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
The CARES Act establishes the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which includes flexible funding to help institutions with immediate needs related to coronavirus. To access the funds, Compton College was required to submit a Certification and Agreement for Recipient Institutional Costs, which I signed last week on behalf of Compton College. Compton College will be receiving $2,538,405 in one-time funding to defray expenses such as lost revenue and technology costs associated with transitioning to alternative academic instruction. Fifty percent of that money ($1,269,202.50) must be used to provide direct Emergency Aid to Students, including grants for food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care. Up to 50 percent of the Institutional Share can be used to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.

We have scheduled a meeting for tomorrow, April 28, 2020, afternoon with critical departments to review the draft spending plan for the use of relief funding. Once the plan has been finalized, we will share it with the Compton College Planning and Budget Committee and Consultative Council.

Summer/Fall 2020 Registration
Due to COVID-19, the registration dates for summer 2020/fall 2020 has been changed. Summer 2020 registration will begin on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, and Fall 2020 registration begins Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

Summer 2020/Fall 2020 Class Cancellation Policy
In winter 2019, in response to faculty concerns about class cancellation and to be transparent with the campus community, we developed a class cancellation policy. We have not yet developed class cancellation dates for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020. We will provide more information on the class cancellation policy and cancellation dates for the summer and fall terms by Friday, May 15, 2020.

President/CEO Virtual Student Forum
Just a friendly reminder, Thursday, April 30, 2020, from 1- 2 p.m., I will be hosting a virtual student forum. Students will have the opportunity to join via Zoom and ask me questions. Student login information is available here.

Final Thoughts
This past weekend, I took some time to reflect and think about the 2020-2021 year and how we will operate as an organization following COVID-19 guidelines and practicing social distancing when we eventually return to campus.  We need to begin having conversations about our eventual return to campus, and address the following:

  1. How do we offer courses on campus, while ensuring social distancing?
  2. Do we offer athletics during the 2020-2021 year? If we do, how do we manage spectators at athletic events?
  3. Complete a study of each office space to ensure social distancing options for all employees on campus.
  4. Determine how we provide laboratory/activity courses during the 2020-2021 year.
  5. Develop a policy regarding the beginning and end of classes to ensure campuswide social distancing in hallways and buildings.

The Pandemic Coordinators will begin drafting a plan for our eventual return to campus, and the plan will be shared with the Compton College Academic Senate and with the Consultative Council for feedback. Furthermore, we will discuss the plan at the Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Virtual Tartar Talks meeting, scheduled at 1:00 p.m.

Today, I mentioned in the Consultative Council meeting that the Fall 2020 Professional Development Days, scheduled for Thursday, August 20, 2020 (mandatory) and Friday, August 21, 2020 (optional), will both be held virtually through Zoom. I asked the Compton College Academic Senate to forward me the proposed schedule for the August 21, 2020, optional day. This week, my office will begin working with senior management and the Professional Development manager on the mandatory August 20, 2020 schedule.

Please be safe and take care,

Keith Curry, Ed.D.
(preferred pronouns: he/him/his)
President/CEO
Compton College


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