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President/CEO Message

August 6, 2020


Campus Community,

It's Thursday and the last day of our 4/10 work schedule. We are back on a regular five-day work schedule beginning Monday, August 10, 2020.

I am excited about the upcoming year and the challenges we will be facing in 2020-21. Today, it was announced that I would be serving on the new California Higher Education Recovery with Equity Taskforce, which is a taskforce of Governor Gavin Newsom's Council for Post-Secondary Education. The task force will work collaboratively to produce a roadmap for the state's education leaders, government, and philanthropic institutions to ensure that California's public post-secondary institutions recover from the impacts of COVID-19 more integrated, equitable, and resilient than before - and more aligned with the economic needs of the state.  By serving on this task force, I will be able to provide input on the roadmap, make recommendations, and highlight the many initiatives Compton College has implemented because of COVID-19.

Compton College COVID-19 Update
On August 5, 2020, California reported 5,295 new cases of COVID-19. The state now has a total of 524,722 positive cases. There has been a total of 9,703 deaths in the state. For more information, go to www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019. Compton College continues to operate at Level Four - Severe Infection Rate, according to the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan.

Essential Employees Work Schedule
The Essential Employees Work Schedule for August 10-14, 2020, is posted online here. The schedule will be updated every Thursday for the following week as employees continue to return to campus gradually.

Fall 2020 Professional Development Days
As mentioned in the President/CEO Message - August 3, 2020, we will begin the fall 2020 semester with two Professional Development Days on Thursday, August 20, 2020 (mandatory), and Friday, August 21, 2020 (optional) via Zoom Meeting. The agendas for the events are available below.

Also, the fall 2020 Adjunct Faculty Orientation, which is scheduled for Monday, August 17, 2020, is available here.

Enrollment Update
As of August 6, 2020, Compton College has generated 1,037 Full-Time Equivalent Students for fall 2020. Our fill rate is at 35%, and our seats filled is 6,653. Click here for the current fall 2020 Enrollment Snapshot. Please encourage students and prospective students to enroll in the fall 2020 classes.

2020-2021 Compton CCD Budget
In the President/CEO Message - June 25, 2020, and the President/CEO Message - July 6, 2020, I provided an update on the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Budget. Over the past couple of weeks, we have developed the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Final Budget Assumptions, which were shared at the Planning and Budget Committee on July 28, 2020. After that meeting, we revised the budget assumptions by updating our projected ending balance and changing our assumptions by reducing our projected utility cost for the 2020-2021 year. Thank you to the Planning and Budget committee for your creative feedback, especially your concerns about the projected utility expenses for the 2020-2021 year.

Race Matters Summer Workshop Series
Over the summer, the Office of Student Development hosted the 'Race Matters: Student Development Workshop Series.' This four-part series is a continuation of the 'Race, Profiling, and Policing in Black America' event held this past spring. This new series focuses on institutional systems, and the significant role race plays within them. On Tuesday, August 5, 2020, in collaboration with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, professors and students focused on the significance of environmental racism and disparities in the public health system for minority populations. Facilitators discussed what they could do as educators to continue this conversation and to encourage Compton College students to become actively involved and be leaders.

Earlier today, we concluded the workshop series with the presentation, 'Mental Health: Uplifting the Community after Tragic Loss.' The conversation focused on the importance of how we cope with stress, the perception of mental health, and when to seek support. Special thanks to Christopher Perez, Student Activities Coordinator, for coordinating the 'Race Matters' summer workshop series.

President/CEO Fall 2020 Reading
Each semester, I share books I am reading via a President/CEO Message. This fall semester, I am reading the following books:

  1. Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  2. Equity Talk to Equity Walk, by Tia Brown McNair, Estela Mara Bensimon, and Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux
  3. How to be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
  4. 13 Ideas That Are Transforming the Community College, edited by Terry U. O'Banion

Please send me your recommendations for my spring 2020 reading list to kcurry@compton.edu.

Final Thought
Just like many of you, I think about COVID-19 all the time and the impact it is having our nation, state, community, and our institution. Our number one priority is to maintain a safe campus for employees and students. As of right now, our campus is telecommuting until further notice. Someone asked me again, 'what does that mean?'. It means until I have a clear understanding of how we can return to campus safely, we will continue with Phase 1 of the draft "Eventual Return to Campus Plan." When we have the next phase(s) defined, then I will provide the campus with an update and timeline for our return to campus. Until then, we must focus on our family, our health, and the students we serve.

Finally, I am taking the advice of many individuals, and I will send my President/CEO Message earlier in the day. Some of you have sent me emails or called, stating that I am working too late. I am taking your concerns and creative input into consideration and will make an effort to end my day earlier and to try not to send so many emails in the evening. Please note the keyword in the last sentence is "try".

Please be safe and enjoy your weekend.

Sincerely,

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


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