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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

December 2017

Congratulations on the completion of a busy and successful fall 2017 semester! Compton College is preparing for the winter 2018 term and spring semester, which begin January 4, 2018, and February 10, 2018 respectively. Click here for the Winter and Spring Class Schedule with hundreds of classes available to meet students' education needs. Increasing enrollment for winter and spring 2018 is extremely important, so please encourage students to register immediately.

Winter term provides a great opportunity for students to get ahead in their educational plan and compete up to seven units in five weeks! The winter term is perfect for helping students graduate sooner, improve a GPA, repeat an essential course, lighten the course load for spring, as well as satisfy any prerequisites. Although campus will be closed for winter recess December 22, 2017 through January 2, 2018, online registration is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

On December 12, 2017, the Compton Community College District will host a grand opening ceremony for the new Child Development Center (CDC) playground. The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. and is open to the public. The $175,000 project upgrades the existing playground north of the CDC Building. New playground features include a rock climbing wall, tricycle path around the perimeter, an art area, an elevated vegetable garden, refurbished water fountain, and new synthetic turf on a majority of the area. There is also a new stage with a ramp and audience seating for performances.

Please join us for the Compton Community College District faculty and staff holiday celebration on Dec. 14. The celebration will take place at 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge. Faculty and staff are requested to bring two non-perishable food items to be donated to the Tartar Food Pantry. For those who are unable to attend, food donations will be accepted in the EOPS/CARE Office, Room U-6, until 1:00 p.m. on Dec. 14.

Accreditation Update: Quality Focus Essay Special Report Submitted to ACCJC

On June 7, 2017, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) notified Compton College that a Quality Focus Essay Special Report was required to be submitted by March 15, 2018. On November 20, the El Camino College Board of Trustees accepted the Compton College Quality Focus Essay Special Report and on November 29, 2017, the report was submitted to the ACCJC.

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.

We are now focused on the 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.

Thank you to everyone involved in the preparation of the Compton College Quality Focus Essay Special Report.

El Camino College/Compton College Transition

Compton College is working with Strata Information Group on a Request for Proposals (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 items. The deadline for submission of proposals was November 22, 2017. The purchase of the ERP System/SIS is a key component that needs to be implemented at Compton College before we can separate from El Camino College. Our goal is to take a recommendation on the selected ERP System/SIS for Compton College to the Compton District Board of Trustees at a special board meeting to be held sometime in January 2018.

In addition, we need to re-establish the Compton District Police Department. The CCCD Board of Trustees has initiated the process for the re-establishment of the Compton District Police Department, and at its November 21, 2017 board meeting, the CCCD Board of Trustees received a recommended action for the job description for the Compton District Chief of Police position. The goal is to hire a Compton District Chief of Police in spring 2018. The Compton District Chief of Police will work with the El Camino College Chief of Police on establishing the El Camino College/Compton District Police Department.

The El Camino College/Compton College Transition Committee meetings are held monthly, and the committee is working to implement items cited in the Partnership Transition Plan internal planning document for the El Camino College/Compton College Transition.

Compton College Enrollment: Every FTES Counts!

The following is some updated information about enrollment management at Compton College and strategies to address declining enrollment. For the 2017-2018 fiscal year, Compton College FTES goal is 6,060. To meet this goal, Compton College will have to borrow FTES from summer 2018. As previously stated, Compton College is in the last year of eligibility for FTES restoration funding. It is critical Compton College increase enrollment in winter and spring 2018 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 its 2017-2018 FTES projections and actuals; as well as the implementation of the 2015-2018 Compton College Enrollment Management Plan.

Also, the following strategies have been implemented to increase enrollment at Compton College:

  1. News releases regarding: winter/spring registration, classes available, as well as free classes to eligible high school students.
  2. Social media advertising - regarding classes added for winter/spring 2018.
  3. Every two weeks, emails to students who applied but have not registered for spring 2018.
  4. Extended Opportunity Program & Services/Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE), CalWORKs, and the Special Resource Center phone calling students who were enrolled in their programs in fall 2017 to encourage them to enroll in the winter and spring 2018.
  5. Emails and phone calls to students from 4-year institutions who enrolled at Compton College during the summer 2017 but have not enrolled in winter 2018.
  6. Mailed postcards to all residents informing them the winter/spring 2018 class schedule is available. (November 2017)
  7. Mailing "It's Not Too Late" postcards to all residents within the Compton Community College District for winter 2018. (December 2017)
  8. Mailing "It's Not Too Late" postcards to all residents within the Compton Community College District for spring 2018. (January 2018)


Tartar Focused & Directed Pathways to Completion

During the fall 2017 semester, there was a lot of conversation at Compton College regarding the implementation of the Guided Pathways framework. The Tartar Focused & Directed Pathways to Completion Committee is working toward establishing a plan for implementing the Tartar Focused & Directed Pathways to Completion by fall 2019. The task force is tri-chaired by Vanessa Haynes, counselor; Elizabeth Martinez, vice president, Student Services; and Barbara Perez, vice president of Compton College.

As we develop the plan, it is important we determine the Academic Schools for Potential Meta-Majors at Compton College. We are currently reviewing the Institutional Research Office Most Popular Majors and Meta-Majors Report. This report will help guide Compton College as we determine the Academic Schools for Potential Meta-Majors.

Compton College/Compton District Governance Survey Results

In spring 2017, the Compton College/Compton District conducted its second evaluation of campus governance, which includes the Institutional Standing Committees. The Compton College/Compton District Survey results are available here.

The Compton College/Compton District has several Institutional Standing Committees, such as Consultative Council, Planning, and Budget, Facilities, Health Benefits, and Professional Development. These committees include representation from all constituent groups (i.e., faculty, staff, students, and administration). The survey results have been shared with the Consultative Council and were presented at the campuswide "Tartar Talks" meeting on November 21, 2017. The Compton College/Compton District Governance Survey is another strategy to improve communication and governance at Compton College.

Compton College Basic Skills Initiative, Student Equity, and Student Success and Support Programs Integrated 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 by January 31, 2018. The purpose of this integration is to align all state-funded initiatives that have similar student success and completion goals and to streamline goals and objectives as a means to reduce duplication of funding and effort.

Integration of these initiatives will promote alignment of the initiatives' goals and objectives to the Compton College 2017 Comprehensive Master Plan. The Compton College Basic Skills Initiative, Student Equity, and Student Success and Support Programs Integrated Plan is available here. As we developed this integrated plan, we prepared a Student Equity Program Highlights document, which includes outcomes and comparisons for disproportionately impacted groups at Compton College during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 years. In addition, we developed a webpage for the Compton College Basic Skills Initiative, Student Equity, and Student Success and Support Programs Integrated Plan.

New Vice President of Academic Affairs Hired for Compton College

Compton College is pleased to announce that Stephanie Atkinson-Alston was hired as the new vice president of academic affairs, effective Dec. 18, 2017. The vice president of academic affairs provides leadership in the planning, development, and implementation of the Compton Community College District's instructional program while working collaboratively with academic and student support services personnel. She will also provide technological and research leadership for planning services and programs designed to advance the educational mission of Compton College. In addition, she will plan, develop, recommend, and implement policies and procedures; oversee the accreditation process for the college and special instructional program, assuring compliance with Compton College, the CCCD, state, and federal regulations.

Dr. Atkinson-Alston was previously the dean of academic affairs and distance education co-coordinator at Los Angeles Harbor College. From 2009-2013 she held various positions in administration at Los Angeles Mission College including dean of academic affairs and STEM director, acting vice president of academic affairs, and chief information officer. She also served as dean of educational services at West Hills College and completed the Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellowship.

Prior to her career in higher education leadership, Atkinson-Alston had a full career in the United States Navy and earned designation as a master training specialist. She served at the Navy Service School Command in Florida and on the USS Prairie in Long Beach, Calif. Atkinson-Alston earned her doctorate in education and leadership of higher education systems from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, Calif.; a master's degree in education, administration and supervision from California State University, Fresno; a bachelor's degree in health care management from Southern Illinois University; and an associate degree in liberal studies from Columbia College in Missouri.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Atkinson-Alston to Compton College!

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:

  • February 27, 2018 - Little Theater
  • April 24, 2018 - Little Theater

I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season! Take time to recharge during winter break and return ready to help every student create his or her success story during the upcoming winter session and spring semester. See you all in 2018!

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