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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

January 2018


Happy New Year and welcome to the winter term 2018! Enrollment management continues to be top of mind and Compton College is now preparing for the spring semester, which begins February 10, 2018. Click here for the Spring Class Schedule with plenty of classes available to meet students' education needs. Increasing enrollment for spring 2018 is extremely important, so please encourage students to register immediately.

In-person registration assistance for the winter term is in progress this week and continues through January 12, 2018. Most Student Services offices have extended hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Please note that the Bursar's Office and Assessment Center's hours are shorter, so students should check the www.compton.edu for specific office hours. In-person Registration Assistance for the spring 2018 semester is January 22 through February 23, and Saturday, February 10, 2018.

The Compton Community College District (CCCD) Board of Trustees held its annual organizational meeting on December 12, 2017, and elected officers for 2018. Nicole Jones was elected president, Sonia Lopez was elected vice president; and LoWanda Green will serve as clerk. And new this year, I was elected to serve as secretary to the Board of Trustees until December 2018.

A Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Public Safety Building is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on March 13, 2018. This $3.8 million new construction project will house the Compton College Police Department and is funded by Measure CC Bond funds.
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Accreditation Update

Compton College submitted our Quality Focused Essay special report to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) on November 22, 2017. We are working on implementing the items cited in the future plans from the ECC Compton Center Self-Evaluation Report section of our report. We have finalized our timeline for implementing the recommendations for improvement cited in the External Evaluation Report.

There is a revised timeline for completion of the next and final step, which includes El Camino Community College District and the Compton Community College District submitting a substantive change proposal to ACCJC requesting the Compton District assume authority over Compton College. Our goal is to submit the substantive change proposal to ACCJC by August 1, 2018.

El Camino College/Compton College Transition

Compton College is working with Strata Information Group on a Request for Proposal (RFP) process for a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System/Student Information System (SIS) for Compton College. The ERP System/SIS are needed for student information/registration, Human Resources, and for all related financial items. The deadline to submit proposals was November 22, 2017. We received responses to the ERP/SIS RFP from two vendors: Ellucian and Campus Management. Ellucian presented their Banner system the week of December 4, 2017. Campus Management is scheduled to present their product January 17-19, 2018. The purchase of the ERP System/SIS is a key component Compton College needs to implement before separation from El Camino College. The next step in the process is to present a recommendation on the selected Compton College ERP System/SIS to the Compton District Board of Trustees at a special board meeting on January 30, 2018.

Another item related to the transition is the re-establishment of the Compton District Police Department. The Compton District Board of Trustees has initiated the process for re-establishment of the Compton District Police Department, and at their November 21, 2017, board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the job description for the Compton District Chief of Police position. The plan is to hire a Compton District Chief of Police sometime in spring 2018. The Compton District Chief of Police will work with the El Camino College Chief of Police on the El Camino College/Compton District Police Department transition. At the December 12, 2017, Compton District Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved a contract with Koff and Associates to develop job descriptions and provide salary recommendations to the Compton District Board of Trustees for all Compton District Police Department positions.

The El Camino College/Compton College Transition Committee meetings are held monthly, and the committee is working on implementing items cited in our Partnership Transition Plan document, which is an internal planning document for the transition. The next El Camino College/Compton College Transition committee meeting is scheduled for January 23 at 2:30 p.m. in the Compton College Boardroom.

Compton College Enrollment Update

For the 2017-2018 fiscal year, Compton College's FTES goal is 6,060. To meet this goal, Compton College will have to borrow FTES from summer 2018. Since Compton College is in the last year of eligibility for FTES restoration funding, it is critical we increase enrollment in winter and spring 2018 to maintain the college's base apportionment revenues at 6,060 FTES this fiscal year. As of January 5, 2018, for winter 2018 Compton College has generated 309 FTES, our fill rate is 70%, and seats filled is 2,451. Our winter 2018 enrollment goal is 288 FTES.

As of January 5, 2018, Compton College has generated 1,172 FTES for spring 2018, our fill rate is 35%, and seats filled is 7,368. It is extremely critical we meet the spring 2018 enrollment projection of 2,221 FTES.

We will continue to monitor our Five - Year FTES projections and our 2017-2018 FTES projections and actuals; and the implementation of the 2015-2018 Compton College Enrollment Management Plan.

The following strategies have been implemented to increase enrollment at Compton College:

  • News releases regarding: winter/spring registration, classes available, as well as free classes to eligible high school students.
  • Social media advertising - regarding classes added for winter/spring 2018.
  • Every two weeks, emails to students who applied but have not registered for spring 2018.
  • Extended Opportunity Program & Services/Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE), CalWORKs, and the Special Resource Center phone calls to students who were enrolled in their programs in fall 2017 to encourage them to enroll in the winter and spring 2018.
  • Emails and phone calls to students from 4-year institutions who enrolled at Compton College during the summer 2017 but have not enrolled in winter 2018.
  • Mailed postcards to all residents informing them the winter/spring 2018 class schedule is available. (November 2017)
  • Mailed "it's not too late" postcards to all residents within the Compton Community College District for winter 2018. (December 2017)
  • Mailing "it's not too late" postcards to all residents within the Compton Community College District for spring 2018. (January 2018)

Tartar Focused and Directed Pathways to Completion

During the fall 2017 semester, there were discussions at Compton College regarding the implementation of the Guided Pathways framework. The Tartar Focused and Directed Pathways to Completion committee is working toward establishing a plan for implementation of the Tartar Focused and Directed Pathways to Completion by fall 2019. The committee is tri-chaired by Vanessa Haynes, counselor; Elizabeth Martinez, vice president of Student Services; and Barbara Perez, vice president of Compton College. As the implementation plan is developed, it is important to identify the Academic Schools for potential meta-majors at Compton College. We are currently reviewing the Institutional Research Office's Most Popular Majors and Meta-Majors Report. This report will serve as a guide as we identify the Academic Schools for potential meta-majors for Compton College.

In order to participate in the California Community College Chancellor's Office Guided Pathways Award Program, Compton College is required to complete three steps:

  1. Attend an Institutional Effective Partnership Initiative (IEPI) workshop in the fall 2017 focused on the self-assessment process.
  2. Complete the Guided Pathways self-assessment by December 23, 2017.
  3. Complete the Guided Pathways multi-year work plan by March 30, 2018.

Members of the Compton College Tartar Focused & Directed Pathways to Completion Committee participated in the IEPI workshop this fall. Furthermore, the Compton College Tartar Focused & Directed Pathways to Completion Committee completed Guided Pathways Self-Assessment last month. We will now begin working on the Compton College Guided Pathways multi-year work plan.

Compton College Basic Skills Initiative, Student Equity,
and Student Success and Support Programs Integrated Plan

The Compton College Student Success Committee is responsible for overseeing the completion of the Integrated Basic Skills Initiative, Student Equity, and Student Success and Support Programs Plan that is due by January 31, 2018. The purpose of this integration is to align all state-funded initiatives that have similar student success and completion goals and to streamline goals and objectives as a means to reduce duplication of funding and effort. The Compton College Basic Skills Initiative, Student Equity, and Student Success and Support Programs Integrated Plan is available online here.

Compton College Comprehensive Master Plan

The Compton Community College District has been working on the development of the Compton College Comprehensive Master Plan for 2017-2022 since spring 2016. The 2017 Comprehensive Master Plan (Educational and Facilities Plans), 2017 Compton College Human Resources Staffing Plan, and the 2017 Compton College Technology Plan have all been completed. These plans will serve as a guide for District planning through the year 2022.

2016-17 Compton Community College District Financial Audit Report

Vavrinek, Trine, Day and Company LLP, an independent external auditing firm recently completed the 2016-2017 Compton Community College District Financial Audit Report. The Compton District annual financial audit was completed on time and submitted to the California Community College Chancellor's Office prior to the December 31, 2017 deadline with an unmodified opinion of the financial statements.

    Below is a summary of the results regarding the 2016-2017 CCCD Financial Audit Report:
  • The Compton District general fund ending balance was $10.5 million, which is above the 10 percent minimum reserve requirement pursuant to Compton District Board Policy 6200.
  • The Compton District reported no audit finding for the fourth consecutive year. Over a period of seven fiscal years the Compton District has reduced the number of audit findings from 26 in 2010-11 to zero for four consecutive years by implementing internal controls, policies, and procedures.
  • The 2016-2017 CCCD Financial Audit reported no audit adjustments, nor did it report material weaknesses in CCCD internal controls.

The 2016-17 CCCD Financial Audit also reported an unmodified opinion on the State Awards. There were no audit findings noted in the State Awards

Update on Compton College Hiring

The recommendations from the Faculty Prioritization Committee were reviewed and the following faculty positions have been approved for the 2018-19 year:

  • American Sign Language
  • Automotive Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • English
  • Kinesiology/Physical Education
  • Librarian
  • Mathematics

In addition, the decision was made to refrain from filling one position for 2018-19, since we are working on new curriculum in the Allied Health area. Additional information has been requested from the Kinesiology/Physical Education and Athletics Departments regarding which athletic coaching position will be associated with the new Kinesiology/Physical Education program

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.

Quarterly Tartar Talks

Campuswide quarterly updates will continue to be held on Tuesdays from 1-2 p.m.

Tartar Talks 2017-2018 Schedule:

  • February 27, 2018 - Little Theater
  • April 24, 2018 - Little Theater

I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season! Take time to recharge during winter break and return ready to help every student create his or her success story during the upcoming winter session and spring semester. See you all in 2018!


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