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Message from the Provost/CEO

June 2016


2016-17 Overarching Priorities

We continue to plan and implement strategies to achieve the El Camino College Compton Center/Compton Community College District (CCCD) 2016-2017 Overarching Priorities. These priorities are linked to the 2015-2020 El Camino College Strategic Initiatives, and continue to build from the progress made last year. The CCCD 2016-17 Overarching Priorities:

  1. Increase Student Enrollment
  2. Support Accreditation
  3. Ensure Coordination of Student Success Activities in Support of Compton Center's Institutional Effectiveness Outcomes
  4. Develop and Enhance Partnerships
  5. Continue to Implement the Planning and Budget Process
  6. Improve Facilities
  7. Enhance Communication with All Stakeholders
  8. Expand Professional Development opportunities


Enrollment Management

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

The summer 2016 Compton Center enrollment has steadily increased over the past couple of weeks.  For the 2015-2016 fiscal year the Compton Center is projecting 6,060 Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES), which includes borrowing 613 FTES from summer 2016. If we do not meet our enrollment projection for 2015-2016 year, we will have to adjust our revenue projections in the 2016-2017 Compton District Final Budget.                        

In a strong effort to increase our FTES numbers, the Compton Center continues to execute strategies outlined in the 2015-2018 Enrollment Management Plan. Additional strategies have been implemented this summer to increase enrollment at the Compton Center.


Provost/CEO Recommendations

In recent weeks I have made three additional recommendations for the ECC Compton Center and CCCD.

1. Address Low Enrolled Educational Programs/Courses.

Since the 2010-2011 year, the overall Compton Center course fill rates have declined from 97% to a projected 80% fill rate for the 2015-2016 year. The Vice President of the Compton Center is working with a number of full-time faculty on load balancing to ensure all are meeting their full-time academic load.

In addition, the El Camino and Compton district boards approved a new vision, mission, and strategic initiatives for the El Camino College Compton Center, and the future Compton College. These initiatives focus on expanding programs in Allied Health and Advanced Manufacturing programs.

I am recommending several activities to address low enrolled Educational Programs/Courses.

2. Provide Health Clinic Services and Implement Mandatory Health Services Fee

On April 19, 2016, the Joint Occupancy Space Agreement and the Health Clinic Services Agreement with Molina Medical Management, Inc. was approved by the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees, and shared with the El Camino College Board of Trustees at their April 18, 2016 meeting. In the fall of 2016, the Compton District, in partnership with Molina Medical, Inc., will begin operating a Health Center on the Compton Center campus. The Molina Health Center will be open year-round on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Compton Center students will pay a mandatory $19 per semester health services fee (fall and spring) and a mandatory $16 per intersession health services fee (winter and summer).

Only students who apply to the Compton Center as their home campus will be allowed to receive health services from the Molina Health Center. The health services fee will be retro-active to the beginning of fall 2016 registration. Various tasks are underway in preparation for the operation of the Molina Health Center in fall 2016. 

3. Changes to the Maintenance & Operations Department

Since 2010 the Compton District Maintenance & Operations (M&O) Department has had several changes in management, staffing and employees' daily schedules/assignments. The management structure of the Maintenance & Operations Department has been uncertain over the past several months. The Director of Facilities Planning & Operations is currently focused on the day-to-day operations of the department, and I would like the director to provide more attention to the Compton District long-term facilities needs and planning.

In addition, the recent retirement of the evening shift Utility Maintenance Supervisor provides the Compton District with an opportunity to examine the overall management structure of the Maintenance & Operations Department, and to identify specific operational changes to improve functionality of the M&O Department.

The Provost/CEO recommendations are a new strategy, I have implemented to improve communication regarding various decisions being implemented at the Compton Center and the Compton District.


Planning and Budget Committee                    

The 2016-2017 Compton Community College District Tentative Budget was presented to the Planning and Budget Committee (PBC) at its May 21 and June 7 meetings. The 2016-2017 Tentative Budget is based on the Governor's May 2016 revised budget.

The PBC unanimously approved the CCCD 2016-17 Tentative Budget, with recommendations.

The 2016-2017 Compton District Tentative Budget was approved by the Compton District Board at their June 21, 2016 meeting.  I support the recommendations of the PBC and look forward to working with them on the 2016-2017 Final Budget.


ECC Compton Center Accreditation Update

The ECC Compton Center Candidacy Application and Self-Evaluation Report are due to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges by January 6, 2017.  Our External Evaluation Team visit is scheduled for Monday March 6 through Thursday March 9, 2017. The first draft of the Self-Evaluation Report is currently being reviewed by the Compton Center faculty and staff. The review process will conclude on June 30, 2016. We anticipate another draft being available for review by July 31, 2016.  In fall 2016, we have identified September 16, October 14 and November 4 as Accreditation Team meetings from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. During these meetings, we will be reviewing and editing the Self-Evaluation Report and verifying evidence for each accreditation standard.


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:

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - Student Lounge
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - Student Lounge
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - Little Theater
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - Little Theater

Enjoy the rest of the summer!


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