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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

Summer 2017


June was a spectacular month for Compton College! First, I would like to congratulate the 605 students who received associate degrees and 263 students who earned certificates to culminate the 2016-17 academic year. The 11th annual Commencement Ceremony on June 8 was a momentous occasion highlighted by a keynote address from the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges Eloy Ortiz Oakley and a memorable speech by selected student speaker and graduate Audrey Casas. Then came the news we have all been waiting to hear.

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) granted initial accreditation status to Compton College during its June 7, 2017 meeting. The action establishes Compton College as an accredited college. I want to thank all of you who believed in Compton College and Compton Community College District (CCCD) and have worked tirelessly to move our accreditation efforts forward. Over the past couple of years, we have made tremendous progress toward our ultimate goal of an independent accredited college within the Compton District.

Accreditation

Now that the ACCJC has granted initial accreditation status to Compton College, we will proceed with the next steps in the accreditation process. In the coming weeks, we will begin working on the Compton College Quality Focused Essay special report that is due to ACCJC by November 30, 2017. We will continue to work on implementing the items cited in the future plans section of the ECC Compton Center Self-Evaluation Report and complete the "Decision Making and Governance Manual for the Compton District and Compton College." In addition, a timeline will be developed for implementing the recommendations for improvement cited in the External Evaluation Report.

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, which is a "change in control of the institution" request to ACCJC, asking that the Compton Community College District assume authority over Compton College. Our goal is to submit the substantive change proposal – change in control of the institution, to the ACCJC by August 1, 2018. We are very hopeful Compton College will be able to offer summer session 2019 under the authority of Compton Community College District.

At the California Community College Board of Governors meeting on July 17, 2017, the Board of Governors adopted a resolution formally recognizing Compton College as the 114th California Community College.

Senior Management Structure for Compton College

On June 20, 2017, the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees approved the following administrators' job title changes:

  • Steve Haigler, from Chief Business Officer to Vice President, Administrative Services
  • Rachelle Sasser, from Chief Human Resources Officer to Vice President, Human Resources
  • Elizabeth Martinez, from Dean of Student Services to Vice President, Student Services

These job title changes are consistent with the Proposal for Compton College Senior Management Structure. In addition, the CCCD Board of Trustees approved the job description for the Vice President of Academic Affairs position. Barbara Perez will assist with filling the Vice President of Academic Affairs position, after which she will provide assistance to Compton College with the transition to a separate and independent college under the authority of Compton Community College District. Barbara Perez will coordinate the implementation of separate student management and curriculum systems for Compton College.

2017-2018 California State Budget and Personnel Commission

On June 27, 2017, Governor Brown signed the 2017-2018 California State Budget, which includes $11,300,000 for the Compton Community College District (CCCD) to support Compton College's transition to an accredited institution under the authority of the Compton District Board of Trustees. In addition, Compton College will be provided with full-time equivalent students (FTES) enrollment stability protection once Compton College is under the governing authority of the Compton District Board of Trustees for four fiscal years. The California State Legislature has authorized the Compton District Board of Trustees to assume the powers and duties of the District's Personnel Commission through July 1, 2029. (See, California Senate Bill 85, Section 29, and California Assembly Bill 101, Section 29.) Section 29 of both Higher Education Bills states the following:

SEC. 29. (a) For the 2017–18 fiscal year, the sum of eleven million three hundred thousand dollars ($11,300,000) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges for transfer to the Compton Community College District to support one-time costs associated with Compton College's effort to restore core operational and oversight functions to the Compton Community College District and to achieve and maintain accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. Funds shall be provided under this subdivision only if the Compton Community College District agrees to accept and implement recommendations contained in the Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team's report completed on May 16, 2017. Funds appropriated pursuant to this section shall be available for encumbrance or expenditure until June 30, 2022.

(b) Notwithstanding any other law, until July 1, 2029, the Board of Trustees of the Compton Community College District shall assume those powers and duties of the Compton Community College District Personnel Commission that the board of trustees determines are necessary for the management of the personnel functions of the Compton Community College District. The personnel commission shall not exercise any of the powers or duties assumed by the board of trustees.

Last spring, the Compton District requested $2,225,823 from the California State Legislature in order to restore the Personnel Commission as part of the Compton District's request for funding to support Compton College's transition to an accredited institution under the authority of the Compton District. The Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) reviewed this request and recommended that no funding should be provided for the Personnel Commission and that the Personnel Commission remain suspended until 2029-30. Both of the Higher Education Bills conditioned the District's receipt of the restoration funding provided in Section 29(a) on the District's agreement to accept, and implement FCMAT's recommendations. At the June 20, 2017 Compton District Board of Trustees meeting, the board accepted the FCMAT report dated May 16, 2017.

At the Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Compton District Board of Trustees meeting, the board approved the recommendation that the Compton District Personnel Commission's duties continue to be assumed by the Compton District Board of Trustees. This decision is necessary for the management of the District's personnel functions. The costs associated with re-establishing the Personnel Commission are substantial, and this is particularly significant as we begin to transition to an accredited institution under the authority of the Compton District.

2017-2018 Compton Community College District Tentative Budget

The 2017-2018 Compton Community College District Tentative Budget was developed to achieve 6,060 full-time equivalent students (FTES). The estimated local, state, and other revenue in the 2017-2018 Compton District tentative budget is $39,000,000, including a projected reserve for contingency and ending fund balance of $7,720,380.

The 2017-2018 Compton District Tentative Budget includes a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of 1.56 percent; filling 10 faculty positions, three classified positions, and four management positions. In addition, the 2017-2018 Compton District tentative 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.

Any modifications to the 2017-2018 Compton District Budget will be communicated to Compton District Board of Trustees at their September 12, 2017 board meeting agenda.

Compton College Human Resources Staffing Plan and Compton District Equal Employment Opportunity Plan

Over the past couple of months, we have been working on completing the Compton College Human Resources Staffing Plan and the Compton District Equal Employment Opportunity Plan. The Compton College Human Resources Staffing Plan was completed last month with the assistance of Diane White from Integrated Academic Solutions, LLC and Gensler Architecture, which the Compton District Board of Trustees approved at its July 18, 2017 meeting. The Equal Employment Opportunity Plan was approved by the Compton District Board of Trustees at its June 20, 2017 meeting and has been submitted to the California Community College Chancellor's Office.

Compton College Enrollment: Every FTES Counts!

The following is some updated information about enrollment management at Compton College and future plans to address declining enrollment. In January 2017, we began implementing my recommendations to address declining enrollment and the potential impact the declining enrollment would have on Compton District revenues. Included in the recommendation, we anticipated a projected loss of revenue of approximately $4 million dollars for the 2016-2017 fiscal year due to Compton College not borrowing the summer 2017 full-time equivalent students (FTES) and transferring all the summer 2017 FTES into the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

In June 2017, Compton College received information from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office that for the 2016-2017 fiscal year we will be funded for 6,006 FTES, which was the amount of FTES generated in the 2015-2016 fiscal year. However, Compton College will report to the Chancellor's Office an actual FTES of approximately 5,120 for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, which means Compton College will enter another year of stability funding. This new information will result in the Compton District not using its ending balance/reserves to address the potential loss in revenues of approximately $4 million dollars for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Even though the District avoids a potential loss of revenue, Compton College continues to be in a period of declining enrollment. It is critical to increase enrollment at Compton College to maintain its base apportionment revenues at 6,060 FTES in the 2017-2018 fiscal year and beyond. Over the past few weeks, we revised the Compton College Five-Year FTES projections and we began to revise our recommendations to address the declining enrollment at Compton College.

Compton College will continue the implementation of the 2015-2018 Compton College Enrollment Management Plan. In addition, this fall the Compton College Enrollment Management Committee will begin working on the 2019-2022 Compton College Enrollment Management Plan.

Tartar Focused & Directed Pathways to Completion

During the 2017-18 academic year, there will be a lot of conversation at Compton College regarding the implementation of the Guided Pathways framework. Compton College will identify the Guided Pathways framework as "Tartar Focused & Directed Pathways to Completion," with the goal of improving student completion rates. A newly established task force will work toward this goal by developing and 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. The task force will hold its first meeting on September 14, 2017.

For the 2017 Professional Development Day at Compton College on August 25, Dr. Thomas Bailey will serve as keynote speaker. Dr. Bailey is the director of the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University and co-author of "Redesigning America's Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student Success."

Compton College Inaugural Band Camp

The Compton College Music Program hosted an Inaugural Area "High School Marching Band Camp" June 26 - July 1, 2017 at Compton College. Sixty-two students from Compton Unified School District high school bands and their directors took advantage of this great opportunity. The student participants received:

  • Instruction from Blake Gaines, Band Arranger from Southern University and Jackson State University.
  • Six hours of daily instruction, including music and marching band fundamentals as well as drill chart reading.
  • Lessons focused on the marching and musical performance styles of the South.

The participants were encouraged to enroll in the Compton College band class offered in fall 2017. Harvey Estrada, Compton College professor of music, coordinated the Band Camp and Compton College looks forward to the 2nd Annual Band Camp in the summer 2018.

Compton College Legislative Report Cards

Compton College has created a new standard report to provide its community stakeholders with information about Compton College students' enrollment and achievement. These reports are referred to as "Legislative Report Cards" due to the similarity between the "High School Report Cards" that are provided to local high schools each year at during the annual High School Principals' Breakfast. Similar to the High School Report Cards focus on Compton College students who come from in-district high schools, the Legislative Report Cards focus on Compton College students who come from specific legislative districts (i.e., Congressional, State Assembly, and State Senate districts).

The Legislative Report Cards contain aggregated, personally unidentifiable information regarding enrollment (e.g., number of students, placement levels, basic demographics, full-time status) as well as achievement (e.g., success and retention, program completion, gainful employment, and career education outcomes). The Legislative Report Cards are provided to the following districts, based on their proximity to the Compton College service area and the number of enrolling students with residency in the given district:

Congressional Districts 37, 40, 43, 44, and 47
State Assembly Districts 58, 63, and 64
State Senate Districts 33 and 35

The Legislative Report Card for the 44th Congressional District is available here. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing the Compton College Legislative Report with our state and congressional representatives and we will be developing report cards by Compton District Board of Trustees areas.

Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative

In the 2015-16 year, Compton College began receiving technical assistance in the area of integrated planning from the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) offered by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. Since July 2015, we have held three meetings with the IEPI Partnership Resource Team. Working with the Compton College Planning Committee and with assistance from the IEPI Partnership Resource Team members, Compton College's IEPI Innovation and Effectiveness Plan Request was submitted and approved. During the 2016-17 fiscal year, Compton College received $200,000 for the implementation of its IEPI Innovation and Effectiveness Plan. In March 2017, Compton College submitted an IEPI Innovation and Effectiveness Plan Status Report to the IEPI Partnership Resource Team.

Facilities

During the next couple of months, the Compton District and Compton College will move forward with several facilities projects that are included in the District's Five-Year Construction Plan and 2017 Comprehensive Master Plan. Currently, two facilities projects are awaiting approval from the Division of State Architects: the Public Safety Facility ($3.8 million) and Instructional Building No. 1 ($17.7 million). We anticipate the construction phase of these projects to begin sometime in fall 2017. In anticipation of Instructional Building No. 1, Compton College anticipates completing construction on the Swing Space facility/Tartar Village ($4.5 million) in summer 2017. We anticipate fall 2017 classes will be held in the Swing Space facility/Tartar Village. Please mark your calendar for the Swing Space facility/Tartar Village Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Parking will be available in Lot A.

In August 2017, Compton College will begin the design for the new Student Services/Administration Project ($20.4 million), which will include all the Student Services departments, as well as several administrative functions. This project will be funded with Compton District Measure C Bond dollars. Recently, Compton College submitted an Initial Project Proposal for the Physical Education Complex Replacement ($25 million) to the California Community College Chancellor's Office requesting $12.4 million in Proposition 51 funding for this project.

Finally, in the 2017-2018 California State Budget, Compton College will receive $16.5 million in funding for the Instructional Building No. 2 ($25 million) project and the remaining amount will be funded with Compton District Measure C Bond funds.

Provost/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:

  • September 19, 2017 - Little Theater
  • November 21, 2017 - Little Theater
  • February 27, 2018 - Little Theater
  • April 24, 2018 - Little Theater

As emphasized in this newsletter, enrollment management is everyone's responsibility at Compton College during this critical time in our history. Classes are abundant for the fall 2017 semester; the application period and class registration are currently in full force. Please do everything you can to promote enrollment, encourage registration in a timely fashion, and help students create their own success stories this fall at Compton College!


 


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