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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

November 2017


It is hard to believe the fall 2017 semester is nearing completion and Compton College is preparing for the winter 2018 session, which begins on Jan. 2! Click here for the Winter and Spring Class Schedule with hundreds of classes available to meet students' education needs. Increasing enrollment is paramount, so please encourage students to register for the winter session and spring semester.

As part of our 90th Anniversary celebration, Compton College held a tribute to the Tartar statue on Nov. 7. Four new bronze plaques telling the story of the Tartar statue and its artist were created and attached to the base of the statue. A new exhibit in the Library-Student Success Center Gallery is set to open soon highlighting the early years of Compton College (1927-1941). The 90th Anniversary Exhibit will feature early images of the Tartar logos and student artwork in the elegant yearbooks of that era. There will also be photos, early editions of the Tartar Shield and Dar-U-Gar, a video presentation from the 1936 Olympics featuring two Compton Gold Medalists: Cornelius Johnson (high jump) and Ken Carpenter (discus). Once the exhibit premieres, the Gallery will be open several hours each week and also by appointment.

Coming up on Nov. 30, Compton College will host a very special performance of "Yuri and Malcolm X" by Tim Toyoma and directed by Darrell Kunitomi. The story is an adaptation of a radio play by D. Hideo Maruyama depicting the life of 1941 Compton College graduate Yuri Kochiyama and her friendship with Malcolm X. The free staged play will take place at 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 30 in the Little Theater, and this complimentary event is open to the public. I extend my sincere appreciation to the 90th Anniversary Committee for organizing a calendar of 90th Anniversary events that will occur throughout the 2017-18 academic year. If you are interested in serving on the 90th Anniversary Planning Committee or in lending a hand with events, please contact Toni Wasserberger, 90th Anniversary Committee Chair at twasserberger@elcamino.edu.

Accreditation Update

Compton College is in the final stages of our work on the Quality Focus Essay special report that is due to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) by November 30. In the past month, we have worked on the implementation of the items cited in the "Future Plans" section of the Self-Evaluation Report. We are finalizing the timeline for implementing the recommendations for improvement cited in the External Evaluation Report.

The Quality Focus Essay will be presented to the El Camino College Board of Trustees for approval at the Nov. 20 board meeting.

We have prepared a 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 data/processes. The Strata Information Group has worked with several California Community Colleges on the ERP System/SIS RFP process, including Mira Costa College and Santa Rosa Junior College. The purchase of the ERP System/SIS is a key component that Compton College must implement before it can separate from El Camino College. I plan to present a recommendation on the selected Compton College ERP System/SIS to the Compton District Board of Trustees at a board meeting in December.

The 2017-18 California State Budget includes $4.1 million for the purchase of a new ERP system for Compton College. The Compton District is working with the California Community College Chancellor's Office to finalize the Compton District Recovery Funds Initial Allocation-40 percent of $11.3 million. The District has requested $4.5 million in Initial Allocation for the following:

  • Hiring of Information Technology staff for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.
  • New Compton College signage for campus, including a new electronic marquee.
  • New information technology equipment.
  • Police Department equipment for the new Compton District Police Station.

In addition, the Compton District worked with the Los Angeles County Office of Education to establish a separate Compton District sub-fund for the Compton District Recovery Funds.

The El Camino College/Compton College Transition Committee meetings are held monthly, and the committee is currently finalizing a Partnership Transition Plan document, which is our internal planning document for the transition.

Enrollment Management at Compton College

The following is information about enrollment management at Compton College and future plans to address declining enrollment. In support of our Enrollment Management Plan, Compton College held its Fourth Annual Principals' Breakfast in October attended by representatives from local high schools served by the CCCD. After my opening remarks, information was presented on the Compton College Strong Workforce Program and each high school was provided their respective High School Report Card data. We then had a group discussion about the implementation of the College Promise program with the Compton, Lynwood and Paramount Unified School Districts.

For the 2017-18 fiscal year, Compton College's FTES goal is 6,060; however, meeting this goal will be a challenge without borrowing FTES from summer 2018. During the beginning of the fall 2017 semester, student enrollment and course fill rates at Compton College have increased; however, we still anticipate not meeting our enrollment projection for fall 2017. As previously communicated, Compton College is in the last year of eligibility for FTES restoration funding. It is critical Compton College increase enrollment to maintain its base apportionment revenues at 6,060 FTES this fiscal year. Compton College will continue to monitor our Five-Year FTES projections and our 2017-18 FTES projections and actuals; and the implementation of the 2015-2018 Compton College Enrollment Management Plan.

Update on Compton College Hiring

Since July 1, 2017, Compton College has hired ten classified employees and four new tenure-track faculty positions for the 2017-18 year. Compton College is currently in the process of hiring the following classified employee and management positions:

Classified Employees:
Financial Aid Coordinator
Budget Analyst

Management:
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Director of Community Relations and Foundation
Assistant Director of Facilities, Planning, Operations
Program Manager - Upward Bound Math/Science
Coordinator of Student Success Services and Programs

Compton College is also in the process of hiring the following tenure-track faculty positions for spring 2018 semester: Counselor/Learning Disabilities Specialist, Chemistry Instructor, and Machine Tool/CNC Technology Instructor. In addition, Compton College will be hiring six tenure-track faculty positions for the 2018-19 academic year.

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

The Compton College Student Success Committee is overseeing the completion of the Integrated Basic Skills Initiative, Student Equity, and Student Success and Support Programs Plan that is due on Dec. 15. The purpose of this integration is to align all state-funded initiatives that have similar student success and completion goals, as well as to streamline goals and objectives as a means to reduce duplication of funding and effort. Integrating these initiatives will also promote alignment of the stated goals/objectives to the Compton College 2017 Comprehensive Master Plan.

The consultation committees at Compton College are currently reviewing the plan. As the integrated plan was in development, we prepared a Student Equity Program Highlights document, which includes outcomes and comparisons for disproportionately impacted groups at Compton Colleges during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 years. Please review the Student Equity Program Highlights document at the link above for a summary of findings in each of the five sections of the integrated plan.

The Student Equity data is separated into five sections: Access, Course Completion, Basic Skills Completion, Degree and Certificate Completion, and Transfer. All five sections include information on Compton College students broken out by gender, ethnicity, economic needs, as well as veteran, disabled and foster status as applicable for affected groups in each section. Each section includes an explanation on methodology, as well as a "summary" and "next steps" for the affected groups in each section. A positive percentage difference of at least one percent is the desired outcome in accordance with the five percent, five-year goal. Negative differences show an increase in gap from one year to the next.

The completed integrated plan will be shared in a future issue of the Compton College President/CEO Message.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Tour

The Compton College HBCU tour took place Nov. 7-11 with 18 students and two chaperones. In an effort to increase transfer rates, Compton Community College District partnered with Educational Student Tours to coordinate these college tours, funded by the Compton College Student Equity program. Compton College students had the opportunity to visit the following HBCU campuses: Bowie State University (Maryland), Lincoln University (Pennsylvania), Morgan State University (Maryland), Howard University (Washington, D.C.), Hampton University (Virginia), and Norfolk State University (Virginia).

Follow Compton College on Twitter!

I have extended a challenge for all to follow Compton College on our official Twitter page @compton_college. If we increase @Compton_College Twitter followers to 5,000 by December 1, I will host an Ice Cream Social for Compton College students! We have approximately 3,453 followers currently. Follow us on Twitter today!

Did you know?

In October, I launched a new "Did You Know?" section for my President/CEO Message. The purpose of the "Did you know?" section is to provide information about our campus; federal or state information; and information that may be pertinent to you and the students we serve.

One in five Californians lives in poverty, the highest rate in the country, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The "Supplemental Poverty Measure," factors in the cost of living and shows a stubbornly high share of Golden State residents in poverty even as the national rate has dropped slightly. Under the methodology, an estimated 20.4 percent of Californians lived below the poverty line in a three-year average of 2014, 2015 and 2016. That is virtually unchanged from the 20.6 percent average for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Link to Sacramento Bee article on poverty: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article172973181.html

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:

  • November 21, 2017 - Little Theater
  • February 27, 2018 - Little Theater
  • April 24, 2018 - Little Theater

I'm proud that Compton College is helping students create their success stories and our faculty and staff play an integral role in facilitating that success-one day at a time! Winter registration begins November 21 and spring registration begins December 5 so please encourage students to register and tell them about the benefits of taking classes during the shorter winter session as it relates to maintaining their overall educational plans.


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