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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

May 8, 2020


Campus Community,

I wanted to begin today's Message in celebration of Teacher Appreciation this week. I would like to recognize our faculty for their dedication, resiliency, adaptability, and compassion for Compton College students. I am genuinely appreciative of the Compton College faculty for the work they have done and continue to do in support of student success. I am very aware that the progress we have made at Compton College and how the faculty has and will continue to play an integral role in all our achievements. On behalf of the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees and myself, please join us in thanking the Compton College faculty!

Furthermore, on behalf of the Compton CCD Board of Trustees and myself, we are very thankful for and proud of all our employees for their incredible hard work during this unprecedented time, which has enabled the District to continue to serve students, families and the community. The President/CEO Message - May 8, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update - May 8, 2020
As of Friday, May 8, 2020, there are a total of 62,512 positive cases and 2,585 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 were sent to students this week, to their @compton.edu email accounts, including Emergency Withdrawal (EW) and refund information sent May 7, 2020). Students will receive information regarding Edquity emergency grants and the May 28, 2020, Virtual Student Forum next week. The emails are all available online on the Spring 2020/COVID-19-Related Student Information webpage.

Potential Extension to Alternative Academic Instruction and Online Student Support Services,
and Telecommuting through
summer 2020 and fall 2020
In the Compton College COVID-19 Update - April 3, 2020, I announced Compton College would offer courses for the first six-week summer session, June 22 through July 30, 2020, and the eight-week summer session, June 22 through August 13, 2020, exclusively online via the Canvas course delivery software. Compton College will offer courses for the second six-week summer session, scheduled for July 6 through August 13, 2020, on-campus and online via the Canvas course delivery software.  Furthermore, I mentioned that employees would return to campus on Monday, June 15, 2020. As previously mentioned in the Message from the President/CEO- May 4, 2020, we are currently drafting a plan for the Eventual Return to Campus.

Due to recent state and local re-opening phases underway, and the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, I plan to have a conversation with the Academic Senate, Compton Community College Federation of Employees (Locals 3486 and 3486A), Pandemic Coordinators, and the Academic Affairs Instructional Deans regarding a potential extension for telecommuting at Compton College. Please note, I will make a final decision as it relates to a possible extension for telecommuting before Friday, May 15, 2020.

Classified Professional Development Day
The spring 2020 Classified Professional Development Day, initially scheduled for Friday, May 15, 2020, has been postponed. The Vice President of Human Resources, the Professional Development Manager, and the Professional Development Committee is working on a new plan to offer professional development activities remotely. In the coming week, we will have more information on Classified Professional Development Day.

The Community of Practice and Co-Teaching Models for Student Success
First, I would like to thank the English and math faculty for their work on the implementation of the AB-705 Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012: Matriculation: Assessment Implementation. While more Compton College students have enrolled in transfer-level courses, we have seen a dip in English success rates, and a stable success level in math, as illustrated here. In fall 2020, we will be implementing Communities of Practice for English and math faculty during the 2020-2021 academic year. The community of practice is a process of social learning that occurs when people who have a common interest in a subject or area collaborate over an extended period to share ideas and strategies, determine solutions, and build innovations. Furthermore, Compton College plans to implement a pilot program in eight transfer-level English and math courses that will be taught using a co-teaching model. The two faculty members assigned to each course will be equally responsible for creating, teaching, and assessing the class. The Division Chairs responsible for English and math are working with their instructional deans to develop the community of practice and to outline the co-teaching models.

As outlined in the 2020-2021 Compton College Goals, which are available here, we are committed to improving our student success rates in our transfer-level English and math courses. In a couple of weeks through a President/CEO Message, I will provide updates on the implementation of the Community of Practice and Co-Teaching Models for Student Success.

2019-2020 California State Budget
Over the past couple of weeks in President/CEO Messages, I shared many concerns about the 2020-2021 California State Budget, Unemployment, and Forecasting Enrollment at Compton College Report, and the Compton CCD Outstanding Liabilities and Funding Schedules. Then in the California State Department of Finance presentation released on Thursday, May 7, 2020, we learned that the state of California would face a $54.3 billion budget deficit for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 years. Under Proposition 98’s constitutional calculation, this revenue decline results in a lower required-funding level by $18.3 billion General Fund for K-12 schools and community colleges. The state of California is losing revenue at three times the rate it did at the height of the Great Recession. While much is unclear about the future of the economy, the state of California finds itself in a deep recession. More details will be available on Thursday, May 14, 2020, after Governor Gavin Newsom releases his May Revision.

What is the fiscal impact on Compton CCD? At this moment, we do not know. Even though Compton College is held harmless at 5,980 Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES) through 2023-2024, I am deeply concerned. I will continue to advocate with our elected officials on the following Compton CCD Legislative Priorities:

  1. Maintain and Request the Extension of the Compton CCD Hold Harmless Provision. It is vital the hold harmless provision for Compton Community College District is maintain through 2023-2024, and it is essential in the 2020-2021 California State Budget that the Compton CCD hold harmless provision is extended through 2028-2029.

  2. Maintain funding to support Compton CCD General Operating Funds. Even with the budget deficit, community college districts will still need to address the rapidly growing energy, pension, and instruction costs, including the additional cost associated with the transition to alternative academic instruction and student support services due to COVID-19.

  3. Maintain the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) scheduled for 2.29% in the 2020-2021 California State Budget. If COLA is not included in the 2020-2021 California State Budget, the potential fiscal impact to the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Budget is approximately $3 million in lost revenue.

  4. Support Future Housing at Compton College. Request support for future funding for the Compton College Prefabrication Student Housing Concept, which is a long-term solution to meeting the needs of our students.

  5. Request continued support for Proposition 51 facilities bond projects, which includes funding for the Compton College Physical Education Complex. The Compton College Physical Education Complex will be a new construction project that includes the demolition of the current gymnasium, men's shower/locker, classroom V, pool service, pool, and women's shower/locker buildings; and the construction of a new gymnasium, men's and women's locker room, faculty office space, and physical education support space. The new construction cost is $46 million, $23.3 million from the state of California, and $22.7 million from Compton CCD Measure C Facilities Bond.

  6. Request continued support of funding for Student Equity and Achievement. The 2019-2020 budget of $2.3 million is supporting the student success initiatives at Compton College. Reductions in funding to Student Equity and Achievement will negatively impact our implementation of Guided Pathways and our various Basic Needs activities that support our students. As a reminder, below is the Compton College #RealCollege Survey Results compared to the California Community Colleges, and the #RealCollege National Survey:

 

Food Insecurity

Housing Insecurity

Homelessness

Compton College - 2018

59%

68%

18%

California Community Colleges - 2018

50%

60%

19%

Compton College - 2019

56%

63%

23%

#RealCollege National Survey - 2019

39%

46%

17%

The complete Compton College 2018 #RealCollege Survey Results is available online here, and the Compton College #RealCollege Survey Report is available online here.

Final Thoughts
It is crucial through COVID-19, we all remain healthy and safe, while also continuing our focus on student success. Even though we are heading towards uncertain times with COVID-19 and fiscally, Compton College will remain committed to our Vision, Mission, and Strategic Initiatives; the implementation of Compton College 2024, Comprehensive Master Plan; Tartar Completion by Design; the 2020-2021 Compton College Goals; and the Compton College's Institutional Set Goals, which are all aligned with the California Community Colleges Vision for Success.

As we develop the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Tentative Budget and the preparation for the 2020-2021 academic year, there will be many difficult decisions. I will continue to provide timely communication on decisions with the campus community, especially how I make those decisions. My decisions will continue to be focused on what is best for Compton College, Compton Community College District, our students, and the community we serve.  Furthermore, I will continue to seek creative input from faculty, Classified staff, administrators, and students.  As a campus community, we must continue to work together to support our students and their success. Our current and prospective students need us more now than ever before.

Sincerely,

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


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