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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

May 27, 2020


Campus Community,

Another day of Zoom meetings and another day closer to the 2020 Compton College Virtual Commencement Ceremony. The President/CEO Message – May 27, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update - May 27, 2020
As of May 26, 2020, there are a total of 98,980 positive cases and 3,884 deaths in California. 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.

Telecommuting
Telecommuting concludes Friday, August 14, 2020, for all employees. Employees will incrementally return to campus during the summer term, beginning Monday, June 22, 2020. Managers/supervisors will be asked to assess their departments/offices in terms of individual workspaces to develop Phase 1 of alternating workdays to maintain social distancing for on-campus employees. An updated Essential Employees Schedule will be posted online by Friday, June 12, 2020, for the first phase of employees who will return to campus in a limited capacity to increase functionality.

President/CEO Virtual Student Forum
The next President/CEO Virtual Student Forum, is scheduled for tomorrow, May 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to join via Zoom and ask me questions. Student login information is available here.

Summer 2020 4/10 Work Schedule
The 4/10 work schedule, 10-hour days, four days per week, will begin Monday, June 22, 2020. The campus will be closed on Fridays, June 26, 2020, through August 7, 2020.

Summer 2020 Enrollment Update
Registration for summer 2020 began on May 26, 2020, and the summer 2020 Class Schedule PDF is available here. Compton CCD  residents will be receiving the printed class schedule in their mailboxes beginning June 5, 2020. As of today, May 27, 2020, Compton College has generated 209 Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES) for summer 2020. Our fill rate is at 25%, and our seats filled is 1,433. The Compton College Summer 2020 Enrollment Update – May 27, 2020, is available here.  As indicated below, after one day of registration activity, there are already some classes (in addition to Nursing requirements) at or near capacity:

Summer 2020 Fill Chart

Please encourage your current Compton College students to register now for summer 2020. The first six-week and eight-week summer sessions begin on Monday, June 22, 2020.

Educational Partnerships
On May 23, 2020, I had the opportunity to participate in the Paramount Unified School District and Compton College Administration of Justice Pathway Student/Parent Orientation. The Administration of Justice Pathway is an AB 288 Dual Enrollment Partnership, where Paramount USD students can take Compton College courses throughout their high school education, beginning in the 9th grade. This is the second cohort of students participating in the program, and the second cohort has 34 students. Special thanks to the Educational Partnership Department for coordinating this past weekend's event with Paramount USD.

2020 Compton College Virtual Commencement Ceremony
Verified graduates were sent information via their @compton.edu emails regarding the Friday, June 12, 2020, 2020 Compton College Virtual Commencement Ceremony, and instructions on how to upload their videos or photos. Graduates have until Sunday, May 31, 2020, to submit a 5- to 10-second video or a photo for inclusion in the 2020 Compton College Virtual Commencement Ceremony. Please remind students to check their @compton.edu email regularly for crucial student-related information. Recent student emails are also available online here.

2020-2021 Compton Community College District Budget
The 2020-2021 Compton CCD Tentative Budget and Budget Assumptions are available here. Due to the Governor's May Revisions, the following changes were made to the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Tentative Budget.

  1. Adjusted the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) employer contributions to 20.70% and the State Teachers Employee Retirement System (STRS) employer contributions to 16.15%.
  2. Reduce the Other Postemployment Benefit (OPEB) contribution payment by $884,035.
  3. Remove seven vacant faculty positions.
  4. Remove the Property and Liability transfer of $400,000 from the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Tentative Budget. Compton CCD will transfer $400,000 from the Workers Compensation Fund to the Property Liability Fund.
  5. Reduce the Compton CCD Police Officers' position from 6 to 5.
  6. Reduce 33 Compton College course sections.
  7. Reduce Student Help, Hourly, Overtime by $250,000.
  8. Reduce Other Services, postage, and Advertising by $150,000.
  9. Reduce Budget Augmentation and Enrollment Management Plan funding by $100,000.
  10. Reduce Travel, Conference, and Training by $100,000.
  11. Reduce Other Schedule, Non-Teaching by $50,000.

For the 2020-2021 year, we are projecting an ending balance of $13,513,497. Currently, Compton CCD will use $1,384,205 of the reserve for contingency to support Compton CCD expenditures in the 2020-2021 year. As mentioned in the President/CEO Message - May 22, 2020, over the next three years, I am recommending Compton CCD utilize at least $6 million of the reserve for contingency to support Compton CCD expenditures. We have other budget issues in the Restricted Fund that may impact the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Tentative Budget, including:

  1. Strong Workforce Budget, 55% reduction
  2. Student Equity and Achievement Budget, 15% reduction
  3. Child Development Center Budget unknown funding amount for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.

As we work through the above issues, we will communicate additional changes to the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Tentative Budget to the campus community. The 2020-2021 Compton CCD Tentative Budget was shared at the May 26, 2020, Planning and Budget Committee meeting and today, May 27, 2020, Consultative Council meeting.

Final Thoughts
Even during COVID-19, we are all working together to move Compton College toward 2024. Today, for example, I was busy negotiating with the Compton Community College Federation of Employees, Local 3486, on Article IX: Evaluation Procedure. I appreciate the meetings with the Federation, and the District is committed to negotiating Article IX: Evaluation Procedure throughout this summer.

We have so many projects and things to do as we work towards Compton College 2024; I hope we take some time to reflect on our accomplishments thus far. And to think that in 12 days we will celebrate the anniversary of the conclusion of the partnership with El Camino Community College District. Pause, let me say that again, the partnership with El Camino Community College District ended almost one year ago, on June 7, 2019.

Finally, please click on this link to see the progress on Compton College Construction Projects.

Thank you and please be safe,

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


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