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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

May 6, 2020


Campus Community,

Today, it was a long day for me; I am Zoom-exhausted. However, I appreciated every meeting and telephone conversation today. We are making tremendous progress as a college during these unusual times. The President/CEO Message – May 6, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update – May 6, 2020
As of May 5, 2020, there are a total of 58,815 positive cases and 2,412 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.

Student Communications
Multiple email communications will be sent to students this week, to their @compton.edu email accounts. Topics include Pass/No Pass (P/NP) grading option (sent today, May 6, 2020) and Emergency Withdrawal (EW), and refund information will be sent tomorrow, May 7, 2020). Students will receive information regarding Edquity emergency grants and the May 28, 2020, Virtual Student Forum next week. The emails will be posted on the new Spring 2020/COVID-19-Related Student Information webpage as PDFs.

Pass/No Pass Grading Option
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 (P/NP) Grading Option for all spring 2020 and summer 2020 courses. Students have until Friday, June 5, 2020, to select the Pass/No Pass Option for spring 2020. Students were provided the P/NP information, procedures, as well as UC and CSU information via email today.  Below is the Pass/No Pass Implementation Timeline:

March 27, 2020           Chancellor’s Office released 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
April 23, 2020 The Compton College Academic Senate released the following resolution regarding Pass/No Pass:  Academic Senate of Compton College Resolution for Pass/No Pass Grading Option at Compton College
April 27, 2020 Compton College COVID-19 Update - April 27, 2020, to campus regarding Pass/No Pass options at Compton College. Highlighted Academic Senate Resolution for Pass/No Pass Grading Option at Compton College. Announced timeline for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 to be forthcoming.

April 28, 2020-
May 3, 2020

  • Adjusting and testing of the Compton College Banner ERP system to allow for Pass/No Pass options for students.
  • Communications to Staff and K-12 Partners drafted.
  • Communication to Students drafted in Counseling Department Meeting (May 1, 2020)
  • Pass/No Pass Step by Step Instructions, drafted, and posted online.
May 4, 2020 President/CEO Message - May 4, 2020,  addressing the Pass/No Pass Grading Option for all spring 2020 and summer 2020 courses and timeline for students to select the Pass/No Pass Option. Students have until Friday, June 5, 2020, to select the Pass/No Pass Option for spring 2020. The Step-by-Step Instructions on how a student can choose the Pass/No Pass Option for each of their classes is available here.
May 5, 2020 President/CEO email communication to Feeder K-12 Unified School District Superintendents and key contacts regarding Pass/No Pass Options.
May 6, 2020
June 5, 2020 Grade Change Option Deadline, Friday, June 5, 2020.


Summer 2020 Class Schedule
The online searchable version of the summer 2020 schedule is available online here. The PDF-version of the class schedule will be posted online by May 15, 2020; printed copies will be mailed to all District residents by May 31, 2020. Summer 2020 registration begins Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Compton CCD Outstanding Liabilities and Funding Schedules
At the recent Planning and Budget Committee District, the staff was asked questions about the Compton CCD outstanding liabilities and funding schedules to address those liabilities. Compton CCD has three significant liabilities: the Line of Credit, Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB), and PERS/STRS.  

In 2006, Assembly Bill 318 appropriated $30 million to the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges as an emergency apportionment to finance, among other things, activities described in Article 5 of Chapter 5, Part 46 of the Education Code for Compton CCD. To date, $17.8 million have been drawn against the Line of Credit. Funds from the Line of Credit are only used for the purposes designated by law. As of June 30, 2020, Compton CCD will have an outstanding balance of $7,794,488, including interest for the emergency apportionment. Compton CCD anticipates making the last payment to the California Department of Finance in the 2028-2029 year.  The Compton CCD Line of Credit Funding Schedule is available here.

Recently, Total Compensation Systems, Inc. completed the Compton Community College District Actuarial Study of Retiree Health Liabilities, and as of June 30, 2020, the Compton CCD Total OPEB Liability has increased to $14,103,782. Previously, the Compton CCD Total OPEB Liability was $11,679,429.

In 2013, Compton Community College District established an OPEB Futuris Public Entity Investment Trust. In the 2019-2020 year, Compton CCD allocated $3,750,000 to the OPEB Futuris Public Entity Investment Trust. Compton CCD has a funding schedule for the OPEB Futuris Public Entity Investment Trust, which is available here. Once the District has a fully funded OPEB Futuris Public Entity Investment Trust, those funds can be used for the yearly Governmental Accounting Standards Board “pay as you go” in our budget costs for retiree benefits. For the 2020-2021 year, we have budgeted $577,000 for the pay as you go. The goal is to fund this liability fully, to save the Compton CCD General Unrestricted Fund Budget the yearly “pay as you go” cost.

In 2016, Compton CCD established the PERS/STRS California Public Entity Pension Stabilization Trust to address the rise in PERS and STRS costs for the District. We continue to monitor the increase in PERS and STRS costs for the District. Compton CCD has a funding schedule for the PERS/STRS California Public Entity Pension Stabilization Trust, which is available here. The goal is to utilize the PERS/STRS California Public Entity Pension Stabilization Trust to off-set PERS and STRS costs in future budget years.

Please note, the Line of Credit, Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB), and PERS/STRS funding schedules are on the monthly Compton CCD Board of Trustees meeting agenda as an informational item. In a future President/CEO Message, I will share with you future expenditures we are anticipating for Compton CCD and how we are preparing for those expenditures.

Final Thoughts
I want to thank everyone involved in the development of the Compton College Academic Program Maps. The Compton College Academic Program maps are critical to the ‘Connection’ and ‘Progress’ areas of the Tartar Completion by Design framework, specifically outreach, college catalog, and the schedule of classes. As part of Guided Pathways, Compton College is committed to clarifying the path for our students, including presenting the information in a way that is easy to consume, relevant to the users’ needs, and makes the section of the educational program of the catalog more student-friendly. Once the Compton College Academic Program Maps have been approved, they would be uploaded into the Compton College Program Mapper.

Today, I was able to participate in a meeting with the Division Chairs, Guided Pathway Counselors, and the Deans to discuss the progress made on the Compton College Academic Program Maps. I was extremely impressed with their progress, and it was great to listen to everyone’s thoughts on how we could improve the Compton College Academic Program Maps for our students. Kudos to everyone involved, and I look forward to seeing the finalized Compton College Academic Program Maps.

Thank you and please be safe,

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


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