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Message from the Provost/CEO

January 2017


Happy New Year! Exciting things are happening at ECC Compton Center as we begin a new calendar year with the winter term and prepare for the 2017 spring semester, which begins on February 11, 2017. It is a significant time of growth and transformation for the ECC Compton Center and you are all active contributors, especially with regard to the process to accreditation.

I want to thank all of you who believe in the El Camino College Compton Center and Compton Community College District, and have worked tirelessly to move the process to accreditation efforts forward. On January 5, 2017, the ECC Compton Center Self-Evaluation Report was sent to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and to the external evaluation visiting team members. The El Camino College Compton Center Self-Evaluation Report is available online at: www.compton.edu/campusinformation/accreditation/2017-report/

During the next month, we will prepare for the ACCJC external evaluation site visit at ECC Compton Center, which is scheduled for March 6-9, 2017

At the January 24, 2017, the Compton District Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Elizabeth Martinez as the Dean of Student Services and Honorato (Junior) Domingo as the Director of Student Development and Athletics. Please join me in congratulating the both of them on their appointment.

Enrollment Update

The ECC Compton Center has not met its Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES) goals for the past several years. For the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the ECC Compton Center FTES goal is 6,060, however meeting this goal will be a significant challenge since the ECC Compton Center did not meet our enrollment projections for the fall 2016 session and the winter 2017 intersession. Below is a summary of the FTES generated by semester/term:

Summer 2016 191
Fall 2016 2,447
Winter 2017 256
Spring 2017 2,209
Summer 2017 787
Total 5,890


The above numbers reflect projected FTES for spring and summer 2017 and make the assumption ECC Compton Center will borrow all FTES generated from summer 2017 for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. ECC Compton Center will still need to generate an additional 170 FTES in spring and summer 2017 to reach the 6,060 FTES projections. ECC Compton Center is currently in year two of FTES restoration and its last year of eligibility for FTES restoration is the 2017-2018 year. It is critical the ECC Compton Center increase enrollment in order to maintain its base apportionment revenues at 6,060 FTES.

The following activities were implemented this month to increase spring 2017 enrollment:

  • Distribution of news releases regarding spring 2017 registration, classes available, and free classes offered to eligible high school students.
  • ECC Compton Center website homepage call to action for students to register now for spring; promotion of classes available, and links to spring 2017 class schedule.
  • Free and paid social media advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram regarding classes added for spring 2017.
  • Postcards mailed to CCCD residents promoting spring 2017 registration and with a website address for the spring 2017 class schedule.
  • Local Movie theater advertising; bus and radio advertising promoting spring 2017 registration.
  • Calling students on the waitlist for the spring semester encouraging them to enroll for another class.
  • Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOPS)/Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE), CalWORKs, and the Special Resource Center are phone calling and emailing students who were enrolled in their programs in fall 2016 to encourage those students to enroll in the spring 2017 semester.
  • ECC Compton Center Community Newsletter mailed to CCCD residents. The Winter 2017 Community Newsletter is available online at: www.compton.edu/campusinformation/currentnews/Documents/CEC-Community-News-Winter-2017.pdf

As we continue to build enrollment in an effort to recover from stabilization, it is important that each of us remember - "Every FTES Counts."

Low-Enrolled Educational Programs/Courses

Since the 2010-11 year, the overall ECC Compton Center course fill rates have declined from 97 percent to a projected 80 percent fill rate for the 2015-16 year. In spring 2016, an Educational Programs Task Force was formed to review the ECC Compton Center sections enrollment, percentage fill, and FTES for all programs offered at ECC Compton Center for the past five years. The Educational Programs Task Force provided me with their recommendations on which Educational Programs/Courses should submit a plan with strategies/recommendations to improve their course enrollment for the 2016-17 year.

The following programs from the categories below submitted a plan:

Category 2: Scheduling
Child Development, Astronomy, Physics, Foreign Languages, Contemporary Health.

These disciplines needed to analyze their schedules to improve efficiency – for some, the enrollment trend is steady but under 80 percent.

Category 3: Enrollment Trend
Computer Information Systems, Office Administration, Recreation, Machine Tool Technology, and Music.

In December 2016, after reviewing the plans, the Educational Programs Task Force committee provided the following recommendations on the Low-Enrolled Course/Programs:

  • Retain: Astronomy/Physics, Child Development, Contemporary Health, Foreign Languages
  • Retain at this time: Machine Tool Technology and Music
  • Right size: Computer Information Systems
  • Discontinue: Office Administration and Recreation

The Educational Programs Task Force did not forward a recommendation on the Business program, since the Business department faculty submitted a rebuttal and not a plan as requested. Over the course of the next month, I will review the Educational Programs Task Force recommendations, the plans that were submitted, and the Business Department rebuttal to make a formal recommendation to the Superintendent/President of El Camino College and the Compton District Board of Trustees on the Low-Enrolled Educational Programs/Courses at the ECC Compton Center.

The Educational Programs Task Force recommendations are available online at:
www.compton.edu/adminandoperations/provostceo/Documents/CEC-Educational-Programs-Taskforce-Recommendations.pdf

Once again, my recommendations regarding the Low-Enrolled Educational Programs/Courses at ECC Compton Center are available online at:
www.compton.edu/adminandoperations/provostceo/Documents/EducationalPrograms-TaskForce-Recommendations.pdf

Student Learning and Achievement

While working on the 2017 ECC Compton Center Self-Evaluation Report it was apparent how important it is to review and communicate Student Learning and Achievement information with the campus community. The ECC Compton Center 2015 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Data Feedback Report compares ECC Compton Center's institutional data to a group of colleges based on similarities in size, population, and the type of college (i.e., all relatively small colleges in urban locations that serve underrepresented groups).

An area of concern is ECC Compton Center's very low overall graduation rates (11%), although the comparison group's average was fairly low as well (15%). To address this, the ECC Compton Center Faculty Council, Enrollment Management Committee, and Student Success Committee will work with the Institutional Research office to develop a plan to increase the ECC Compton Center's graduation rates.

The 2015 IPED Data Feedback Report for ECC Compton Center is available online at:
www.elcamino.edu/administration/ir/docs/regional/IPEDS_DataFeedbackReport_2015_Compton.pdf

The 2016 IPED Data Feedback Report should be released sometime in spring 2017.

Student Equity Plan

The Student Equity Plan is designed to ensure all students are adequately served and provides funding to help close the achievement gaps in access and success for certain underrepresented groups. This year, the State has funded ECC Compton Center $657,103 to develop services to improve student access, course completion, ESL and basic skills completion, degree and certificate completion, and facilitate transfer. The ECC Compton Center Student Equity Plan has outlined the following goals:

  • Increase the enrollment of males and veterans by improving the proportionality index by 5% by fall 2020.
  • Increase course completion by 5% within five years for African Americans, Pacific Islanders, and for students who have identified themselves as foster youth and disabled.
  • Increase basic skills pathway completion by 5% within 5 years for African Americans, Pacific Islanders, and identified students with disabilities.
  • Increase degree and certificate completion by 5% within five years for Latino and African American students.
  • Increase transfer rates by 5% within five years for all student populations at the Compton Center with special emphasis on students with identified disabilities.
  • Create a community that is inclusive and strives to ensure that all students succeed in achieving their educational goals.

Please mark your calendars for the first annual Tartar Student Leadership Conference scheduled for March 30, 2017. The conference will feature keynote speakers: Dr. Tyrone Howard, Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion, Professor, UCLA; and Dr. Pedro Noguera, Director, Center for the Study of School Transformation, Professor, UCLA. In addition, a panel discussion is scheduled for women and student athletes, as well as opportunities for Compton Center students to connect with on-campus mentors.

The 2015-2018 ECC Compton Center Student Equity Plan outlines the programs and interventions that have been implemented to support students who are experiencing the most challenges, and is available online at:
www.elcamino.edu/administration/board/agendas/2016/CEC_Student_Equity_Plan_2015-2018.pdf

Formerly Incarcerated Student Transition Program

In summer 2016, the ECC Compton Center implemented the Formerly Incarcerated Student Transition Program, which is included in the Student Equity Plan mentioned above. This program is designed to provide academic and student support services to formerly incarcerated students, as well as to provide professional development to faculty and staff working with this student population. In August 2016, the ECC Compton Center established a partnership with the California Department of Correction & Rehabilitation Regional Parole and Community Team (PACT), and each month, Compton Center has hosted a PACT resource meeting. A combined total of more than 200 participants have attended the PACT resource meetings.

Currently, there are 40 individuals who have expressed interest in the Formerly Incarcerated Student Transition Program, 20 of which enrolled at the ECC Compton Center for fall 2016. In order to assist with the student transition at ECC Compton Center, the formerly incarcerated students have established a student club, which meets weekly to provide peer-to-peer support services for this specific student population.

The Formerly Incarcerated Student Transition Program provides bus tokens for students who take public transportation. In addition, formerly incarcerated students are able to participate in the ECC Compton Center book loan program, which provides immediate assistance with textbooks. Furthermore, the District hired Formerly Incarcerated Student Transition Program participants to serve as peer mentors. These peer mentors assist other formerly incarcerated students with the orientation and registration process.

Partnership with Molina Medical Management for a Student Health Center

Construction of the Molina Health Center facility is scheduled to be completed the week of February 6, 2017 and the health center will open to ECC Compton Center students on February 14, 2017. ECC Compton Center students will receive free health services during the spring 2017 semester and the summer sessions. ECC Compton Center students will be required to pay the $19 health services fee beginning with the fall 2017 semester.

Facilities Update

Over the next couple of months, the Compton District will be moving forward with several facilities projects.

  • Public Safety Facility ($3.3 million) - This project is awaiting approval from the Division of State Architects and construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2017.

  • Instructional Building 1 ($17.7 million) and Swing Space Facility ($4.5 million) - The Instructional Building 1 project is awaiting approval from the Division of State Architects and construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2017. In anticipation of the new Instructional Building, construction on the Swing Space facility is targeted for completion sometime in spring 2017. It is anticipated that some of the summer session 2017 classes will be held in the Swing Space facility.

  • New Student Services/Administration Project ($20 million) - Design to begin this spring and the building will house all the Student Services departments as well as several administrative functions. This project will be funded by Measure C.

  • Physical Education Complex Replacement ($25 million) - The final project proposal for this complex will be submitted to the California Community College Chancellor's Office requesting $12.6 million in Proposition 51 funding for this project.

  • Instructional Building 2 ($25 million) - Compton Center is scheduled to receive $16.5 million in funding from the 2017-2018 Proposed Governor's Budget and the balance will be funded by Measure C. This was one of only five Proposition 51 projects approved in the 2017-2018 Governor's Budget.

2015-16 Compton Community College District Financial Audit Report

The 2015-16 Compton District Financial Audit Report was recently completed by the independent external auditing firm Vavrinek, Trine, Day and Company LLP. The CCCD's annual financial audit was completed on time and submitted to the California Community College Chancellor's Office prior to the December 31, 2016 deadline with an unmodified opinion of the financial statements.

Below is a summary of the 2015-16 Annual Financial Audit Report results:

  • The CCCD general fund ending balance was $11.6 million, which is above the 10% minimum reserve requirement pursuant to Compton District Board Policy 6200.
  • The CCCD reported no audit findings for the third consecutive year. Over a period of six fiscal years the CCCD has reduced the number of audit findings from twenty-six in 2010-2011 to zero for three consecutive years by implementing internal controls, policies and procedures.
  • The 2015-16 Annual Financial Audit Report reported no audit adjustments, nor did it report material weaknesses in the CCCD's internal controls.
  • The 2015-16 Annual Financial Audit also reported on the Federal Awards with an unmodified opinion. No audit findings noted in Federal and State Awards.
  • The CCCD was in compliance with the 50 Percent Law for the third consecutive year.

The 2015-16 Compton District Financial Audit Report is available online at: district.compton.edu/administration/businessadmin/financialdocs.asp

2015-16 Measure CC General Obligation Bond Fund Financial and Performance Audits Report

The Compton District Measure CC General Obligation Bond Fund Financial and Performance Audits were completed by independent external auditing firm Vicenti, Lloyd, and Stutzman LLP. In accordance with Proposition 39, below is a summary of the results from the Measure CC Bond Fund Financial Audit:

  • As of June 30, 2016, the CCCD had an available fund balance of $19.5 million and for the 2015-16 fiscal year had total revenues of $145,000.
  • During the 2015-16 fiscal year the CCCD had a total of $11 million of expenditures.
  • No deficiencies in internal controls over financial reporting were identified in the Bond Financial Audit Report.
  • No instances of noncompliance were identified under Government Audit Standards in the Bond Financial Audit Report.

The Bond Fund Financial and Performance Audits Report is available online at:
district.compton.edu/measure_cc_bond/audits/index.asp

New Meeting Agenda Template

Effective immediately, the Compton District and ECC Compton Center have instituted a standard meeting agenda template for all meetings including department, division, and institutional standing committees, etc. Minutes must be documented for all meetings using the Standard Meeting Agenda document, which is available through the Office of the Provost/CEO.

Provost/CEO "Open Hour"

As always, I welcome you to visit my office during my regular "Open Hour" on Tuesdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Quarterly Tartar Talks

Campuswide quarterly updates will continue to be held on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Tartar Talks 2016-17 Schedule:

  • February 28, 2017 - Little Theater
  • April 25, 2017 - Little Theater

I'd like take this opportunity to wish each of you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! Let's all do our part in 2017 to make Every Student a Success Story.


 


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