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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

SEPTEMBER 2018


The fall 2018 semester is under way and students may still add classes until Friday, September 7, 2018 and in-person registration assistance is available! As of August 29, 2018, Compton College has generated 2,061 FTES and our goal is 2,372. We are almost there; please remind students to go online to submit their add codes by the deadline. A list of classes with seats available is posted online here.

Compton College has scheduled four upcoming Student Forums to update students on the Compton College Transition Plan, current milestones achieved in the accreditation process, facilities, and academic affairs. Please encourage students to attend these important information sessions. The Student Forums will take place in Student Lounge at a variety of times to accommodate student' class schedules:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Compton College will host a "Real #114 Housing and Food Insecurity" conference on December 7, 2018. The event will focus on how to assist Compton College students with basic needs and is free to all faculty and staff. The keynote speaker will be Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University and founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab.

Accreditation Update

On August 27, 2018, Compton College received notification from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) that the Substantive Change Application: Change in Local Control for Compton College, which was submitted on June 20, 2018, was approved by the Committee on Substantive Change of ACCJC. The ACCJC Committee on Substantive Change action letter is available here.

The CCCD then submitted a request to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office for the issuance of an executive order declaring that Compton College will operate as an independent college under the authority of the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees. On August 29, 2018, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley issued Executive Order 2018-01 declaring Compton College will operate as an independent college under the authority of the CCCD Board of Trustees effective June 7, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. The California Community Colleges Chancellor Executive Order 2018-01 is available here. At that same time, the partnership between Compton Community College District and the El Camino Community College District will come to an end.

The CCCD's original goal since August 2006, is to continue to provide quality educational programs and services for students while working to have once again an independent and accredited college within the Compton Community College District. We have achieved that goal and so much more since August 2006. This is truly a historic moment for Compton College and the CCCD, and we should all be proud of our many accomplishments.

As many of you are aware, a committee comprised of members from both Compton College and El Camino College has been working to implement items outlined in a comprehensive transition plan. Important tasks have already been completed, and many more are underway as Compton College transitions into the 114th fully independent college of the California Community Colleges system. For more information about Compton College's transition to an independent college, visit http://www.compton.edu/campusinformation/accreditation/transition/.

The latest version of our Accreditation and the Process Forward-Transition Planning Document is available online. The Accreditation and the Process Forward-Transition Planning Document includes our accomplishments and the next steps in the process of establishing Compton College as an independent community college under the governing authority of the CCCD Board of Trustees.

El Camino College/Compton College Transition

The El Camino College/Compton College Transition Committee continues to implement the items cited in our Partnership Transition Plan, which is our internal planning document for the El Camino College/Compton College Transition. The next El Camino College/Compton College Transition committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. in the Compton College Boardroom.

We finally have an implementation date for the Compton College Ellucian Banner Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. The goal is to have the Compton College Ellucian Banner ERP system fully implemented by January 14, 2019. The Compton College Ellucian Banner ERP system implementation timeline is available here.

For more information on the El Camino College/Compton College Transition, please visit our transition webpage at www.compton.edu/compton114.

Compton College Enrollment: Every FTES Counts!

As of as of September 5, 2018, Compton College has achieved 2,087 Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES) for fall 2018, and our goal is 2,372 FTES.  To address declining enrollment at Compton College over the past several years, Compton College will continue to implement strategies cited in the 2015-2018 Compton College Enrollment Management Plan.  This semester, Compton College will be offering the following dual enrollment programs with our local high school districts:

  • 20 Afternoon College Courses
  • 7 Early College Courses at the Compton Early College High School
  • 10 AB 288 College Courses at Compton Unified School District High Schools

Compton College did not meet our 2017-2018 enrollment goal of 6,060 (FTES). For the 2017-2018 year, Compton College reported 5,980 FTES. With the implementation of the Student-Centered Funding Formula, pg. 82-83 and the transition from El Camino Community College District, Compton College funding will be whichever is the greater of the following two amounts for each fiscal year from 2018-2019 through 2023-2024:

  • Funding of 5,980 FTES amount plus the cost-of-living adjustment identified in the annual Budget Act and adjusted for increases to FTES; or
  • Compton College will receive a funding amount computed pursuant to the new Student-Centered Funding Formula.

The 2018-2019 Compton Community College District Final Budget was developed on the assumption the Compton District will receive funding for the 5,980 FTES amount plus the cost-of-living adjustment identified in the annual Budget Act and adjusted for increases to FTES.

The revised Compton College 2013-2018 FTES Projections and Actuals is also available for your review. Compton College will continue to implement strategies cited in the 2015-2018 Compton College Enrollment Management Plan. We will also begin working on the 2019-2022 Compton College Enrollment Management Plan, which will be linked to our Institution-Set Standards and the Foundation for California Community Colleges Vision for Success Report.

2018-2019 CCCD Final Budget

The 2018-2019 Compton District Final Budget was developed to achieve 5,980 Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES).

The estimated local, state, and other revenue in the 2018-2019 Compton District Final Budget is $39,713,680. The 2018-2019 Compton District Final Budget includes a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of 2.71%; filling eleven faculty positions, three classified positions, and four management positions; future funding for the Compton College Enterprise Resource Planning system cost of $2,550,000; future funding for the Fire Academy program at the Compton College of $350,000; and the future cost associated with the CCCD Personnel Commission of $200,000. Finally, the 2018-2019 Compton District Final Budget includes the following expenses to address CCCD's long-term liabilities: Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) payment of $750,000; California Public Entity Pension Stabilization Fund State Teachers' Retirement (STRS)/Public Employees' Retirement (PERS) fund payment of $700,000 to address future STRS/PERS obligations; and the line of credit repayment of $1,181,841.

The 2018-2019 Compton Community College District Final Budget is available online.

Professional Development Day Presentations

PDThe fall 2018 Professional Development Days were a success. Compton College welcomed keynote speaker Martha Kanter, executive director of Civic Nation's College Promise Campaign, for our faculty and staff professional development day. Dr. Kanter was joined by Darin Brawley, superintendent for the Compton Unified School District; Gudiel Crosthwaite, superintendent for the Lynwood Unified School District; and Ryan Smith, assistant superintendent at Paramount Unified School District, in a panel discussion about the importance of each local district's participation in the Compton College Promise program. The Professional Development Day presentations are available online:

CDC Playground Renovation Phase 2 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

CDC Ribbon CuttingOn August 21, 2018, the CCCD hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Abel B. Sykes Jr. Child Development Center's playground renovation - phase 2. ABC Eyewitness News co-anchor Leslie Sykes and her mother Sylvia were in attendance.

The $134,000, phase 2 renovation was funded by Capital Outlay Funds. New synthetic turf and landscaping were added to the east and west playgrounds, used by students up to 3 years of age who attend the Child Development Center. The Child Development Center's north playground was upgraded last winter.

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 the fourth Tuesday of the designated month from 1-2 p.m.

Tartar Talks 2017-2018 Schedule:

  • September 18
  • November 20

Compton College - the 114th California Community College - where Every Student is a Success Story! Let's achieve more milestones together during the 2018-2019 academic year.


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