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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

October 2017


The fall 2017 semester is well under way and Compton College has classes available for the fall mid-term, which begins on October 21! Click here for a list of mid term classes with seats available. Increasing enrollment is still top of mind, so please encourage students to register for a mid-term class or two - they benefit by getting full class credit in half the time!

The annual Transfer University Fair is coming up on October 5,  included a Compton College resource fair highlighting all the outstanding student support services offered on campus. This complimentary event was open to the public and provided an opportunity for students and visitors to learn about Compton College, the transfer process and to meet with university representatives. There was also a presentation about the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Transfer Guarantee program.

During this academic year, we are celebrating 90 years of educational opportunities being provided to Compton Community College District residents. On September 30, we kicked off the year-long celebration with a memorable Homecoming Festival and Car Show followed by the Tartar homecoming football game. I would like to extend a special thanks to the 90th Anniversary Committee for organizing this successful event and the many other events that will occur throughout the 2017-18 academic year.

Accreditation Update & Review of Quality Focus Essay Report

Now that Compton College has received initial accreditation status from the ACCJC, our work continues on the next steps. First, we have developed a timeline for submitting the Compton College Quality Focus Essay special report, which is due to ACCJC by November 30, 2017. The first reading of the Compton College Quality Focused Essay is available here for your review. We are also working on implementing the items cited in the future plans from the Self-Evaluation Report. In addition, we are developing a timeline for implementing the recommendations for improvement cited in the ACCJC's External Evaluation Report.

Finally, we are preparing a timeline for completion of our next and final step, which includes the El Camino Community College District and the Compton Community College District submitting a substantive change proposal to the ACCJC requesting the Compton District assume authority over Compton College.

We have prepared a timeline for completion of our 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.

Enrollment Management Update

For the 2017-18 fiscal year, Compton College Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES) goal is 6,060, and meeting this goal will be a challenge without borrowing FTES from summer 2018.

In the last two months, student enrollment and course fill rates at Compton College have increased. On July 31, Compton College had 1,536 FTES, 46% section fill rate, and 9,924 seats filled. As of September 21, Compton College has generated 2,274 FTES, increasing our fill rate to 77%, and seats filled to 15,316.

However, we still anticipate not meeting our enrollment projection for fall 2017. It is critical we meet our dual enrollment targets at our partnership high schools for fall 2017, our winter 2018 and spring 2018 enrollment projections. We need 3,286 FTES to meet our goal for the 2017-18 year.

We are moving forward with the implementation of the College Promise programs with Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount Unified School Districts.

Through the College Promise programs, graduating high school students from these districts who enroll in 12 units at Compton College will receive free college tuition during their first year of college (including fall, winter, spring, and summer terms).

The Compton Promise program will begin in fall 2018, and we anticipate the Lynwood and Paramount Promise programs beginning in fall 2019.

It is very important that we assist Compton College students in any way we can - every FTES counts! There are many ways we can show students we care about their future such as saying "hello" to students; asking them if they need assistance; making sure our facilities are clean and safe; and providing timely responses to students via telephone and emails.

2017-18 Institutional Standing Committees' Co-Chairs

Thank you to all of the co-chairs of the Institutional Standing Committees for the 2017-2018 year:

  • Consultative Council- Keith Curry & Paul M. Flor
  • Institutional Effectiveness Committee- Patricia Bonacic & Paul M. Flor
  • Planning and Budget Committee- Abiodun Osanyinpeju & Rashid Yahye
  • Audit Committee- Keith Curry - Chair
  • Student Success Committee- Chelvi Subramaniam & Jose Villalobos
  • Facilities Committee- Linda Owens & Mandeda Uch
  • Health, Safety, & Parking Committee- Lt. Ramund Box & Eyob Wallano
  • Technology Committee- Andrei Yermakov & David Maruyama
  • Enrollment Management Committee- Elizabeth Martinez & Ikaweba Bunting
  • Professional Development Committee- Rachelle Sasser & Fazal Aasi
  • Health Benefits Committee- Rachelle Sasser & Rashid Yahye
  • Auxiliary Services Committee- Junior Domingo & Alexys Quero

The management and faculty co-chairs are currently working to schedule committee meetings for the year.

I want to encourage you to visit our Consultation and Institutional Standing Committees webpage and review the agenda and minutes of each Institutional Standing Committee.

Facilities Update

In August, we celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the Tartar Village, which houses temporary instructional buildings, located in the practice football/soccer field area, during construction of the all-new Instructional Building 1.

Tartar Village includes:

  • 14 instructional classrooms,
  • 5 modular office buildings,
  • 2 separate restroom buildings
  • One computer lab
  • There is also space to add two instructional labs and five classroom buildings in the future.

This project is supported by Measure CC bond funds. Compton College students first occupied the Tartar Village classrooms beginning with this semester.

Additional facilities projects currently in progress or planning stages include:

  • Instructional Building 1: The $17.7 million project includes the removal of Row Buildings G, half of F, two-thirds of E, and Modular Buildings M1 and M2 (total of 6 structures) to replace them with a new, state-of-the-art instructional building. Estimated Completion: Working on a revised schedule with the Department of Finance and the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office on this project.
  • Public Safety Facility: The $3.8 million project includes demolition of the existing Delta Building, and the design and construction of a new facility for campus police. Estimated Completion: Winter 2018
  • Student Services/Administration Building: A $20.4 million facility will become a one-stop hub for all student services. The project involves the demolition of the old Library Building, and renovation of the existing Administration Building. Estimated Completion: Winter 2021
  • Instructional Building 2: A $25.6 million project involves the removal of Row Buildings D, and the remainder of Row E and F Buildings, and construction of a second state-of-the-art instructional building on campus. Estimated Completion 2021-2022

All of these projects are outlined in the Compton District's Facilities Master Plan and are supported either by state funding, Measure CC or Measure C - or a combination thereof.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

In September, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was in the news as the Federal Administration is in the process of determining the program's future.

We expect some Compton College students and employees may be experiencing added stress as this issue is debated in the courts and discussed among the campus population.

Whatever action the Federal Administration takes on DACA will not affect Compton College and Compton Community College District (CCCD) support for students.

On April 19, 2017, the Compton District Board of Trustees adopted Resolution No. 04-19-2017A in support of undocumented, vulnerable and targeted students. The full text of the Resolution is available on the District website: CCCD Resolution No. 04-19-2017A.

The Campus Allies Coalition hosted an information session and workshop for students, faculty and staff on September 13, entitled "Know Your Rights: DACA Changes." Immigration attorney, Jeff Jung, was present to offer his expertise and field questions from those in attendance.

El Camino College/Compton College Transition

At this time, the most important decision that has to be made in the next few weeks is the purchase of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for Compton College.

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 Strata Information Group has worked with several California Community Colleges on the ERP System/SIS RFP process, including MiraCosta College and Santa Rosa Junior College. The purchase of the ERP System/SIS is a key component that Compton College has to implement before we can separate from El Camino College. Our goal is to take a recommendation on the selected Compton College ERP System/SIS to the Compton District Board of Trustees at the January 2018 board meeting.

The 2017-18 California State Budget included $11.3 million dollars in funding to the Compton District to support Compton College's transition to an accredited institution under the authority of the Compton Community College District. Included in the funding, was $4.1 million for the purchase of a new ERP system for Compton College.

The Transition subcommittee co-chairs are currently identifying additional committee members, and are identifying major activities that need to be completed within their operational areas over the next two years.

2017-18 Compton Community College District Final Budget

The 2017-18 Compton District Final Budget was developed to achieve 6,060 Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES). Our estimated local, state, and other revenue in the 2017-18 Final Budget is $38,700,000. The Final Budget includes:

  • Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of 1.56%
  • Filling ten faculty positions, five classified positions, and six management positions
  • Future funding for the Fire Academy program at the Compton College
  • Future Compton College ERP cost
  • And, future cost associated with the Compton District Personnel Commission.

Finally, the 2017-18 Compton District Final Budget includes the following expenses to address Compton District's long-term liabilities:

  • Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) payment of $250,000
  • California Public Entity Pension Stabilization Fund State Teachers' Retirement (STRS)/Public Employees' Retirement (PERS) fund payment of $200,000 to address future STRS/PERS obligations
  • And, the line of credit repayment of $1,181,841

The 2017-2018 Compton District Final Budget is available online via the District website.

Compton College First Year Experience Program (FYE)

Last summer, we completed a reorganization of the FYE program, which is designed for first-time college students. The FYE program is under the supervision of:

  • Elizabeth Martinez, Vice President of Student Services
  • Nelly Alvarado, Director of Enrollment Services
  • Janette Morales, FYE Counselor/Coordinator

For the 2017-18 academic year, the FYE program is serving 123 first-time Compton College students. There are five learning communities that are linked to a common theme.

Also, the FYE program has 11 FYE Peer Mentors, who are former FYE students who completed the program. The Peer Mentors provide additional support and assistance in connecting and helping new FYE students succeed in the program as well as at Compton College by motivating students to make appropriate curricular choices and exposing them to other Compton College student support programs.

Compton Tartar Athletics

Compton College Tartar Athletics has approximately 250 student athletes participating in ten active CCCAA intercollegiate sports programs each year:

  • Football
  • Men's and Women's Soccer
  • Men's and Women's basketball
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Men's and Women's Track and Field
  • Women's Badminton

Due to low student participation the past couple of years, Compton College has suspended women's volleyball and the cross country teams.

During the 2016-17 academic year, Tartar Athletics enjoyed the following achievements:

  • 2 badminton state championship competitors
  • 2 All-State performers
  • 30 All- Conference honorees
  • a South Coast Conference Player of the Year
  • a South Coast Conference Coach of the Year
  • a South Coast Conference Championship in Men's Basketball

These accomplishments are a reflection of each program being competitive on both the conference and state level. Please visit the Compton Tartar Athletics Program's new website at www.comptontartars.com for the most up-to-date information, news, and competition schedules.

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, 2017, I will host an Ice Cream Social for Compton College students! We have approximately 3,386 current followers. Ready, Set . . . Follow Us on Twitter!

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 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Tartar Talks 2017-2018 Schedule:

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

Let's continue the momentum during this time of growth and change for Compton College. I know we can all go that extra mile throughout the semester to actively help each student create his or her success story - it's what we do best!


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