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Message from the Provost/CEO

March 2016


It's almost April, which means we are in the final six weeks of the semester and will soon begin a series of year-end student celebrations. This is the time of year when we get to see for ourselves the proof that Every Student is a Success Story! Before the celebrations begin, I'd like to highlight some important news from the Compton Community College District (CCCD) and El Camino College Compton Center.

2016-2017 Budget Update

State Budget Highlights:

In January, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2016-17 proposed state budget. Key highlights relevant to community colleges include:

  • $114.7 million in general purpose apportionment - or a 2% increase in full-time equivalent enrollment.
  • No monies allocated for operating expenses, including annual pension benefit expense increases (PERS/STRS), retirement benefits, professional development, facilities, and other general expenses.
  • COLA augmentation of 0.47%.
  • Increase of approximately $200 million for the Strong Workforce Program, which will enable community colleges to expand Career and Technical Education offerings.
  • One-time funding for mandated claims and other one-time costs estimated at $76 million.
  • $289.5 million increase in one-time funding for deferred maintenance and instructional equipment; no matching funds required.
  • Increase of $30 million in Basic Skills Program funding to implement practices that increase students' mobility to college-level courses.

The Governor's budget proposal is the first step in a legislative process that takes several months. We will provide updates as the state budget process evolves.  

Compton District Budget Highlights:

We are currently in the process of developing the 2016-2017 El Camino College Compton Center and Compton Community College District Tentative Budget. Included in the 2016-2017 Compton District Tentative Budget are the following Budget Assumptions:

  1. Offering 1,500 sections in the 2016-2017.
  2. Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) funding of 0.47% or $22.20 credit FTES equates to approximately $150,000 based on 6,060 FTES.
  3. Budget for the GASB "pay as you go" costs for Retiree Benefits:  $525,000.
  4. Project Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) contributions increased to 13.05% and State Teachers Employee Retirement System (STRS) increased to 12.58%.
  5. Budget for projected utilities increase of 2.0% or a total cost of $1,200,000.
  6. Budget all step and column increases of approximately $220,000.
  7. Budget to fill the following full-time faculty positions:
      • Anatomy/ Physiology (2- Positions)
      • Communications
      • Cosmetology
      • Spanish
      • Student Success and Support Programs Counselor - Restricted Fund
      • Student Equity Counselor - Restricted Fund
  8. Budget to fill the following full-time classified position:
      • Cosmetology Assistant
  9. Budget for line of credit debt expense ($1,292,420).
  10. Budget for the Police Services Contract with El Camino College ($1,435,000).
  11. Budget for the Vice President of El Camino College Compton Center ($165,000, including benefits).
  12. Budget for Other Postemployment Benefit (OPEB) contribution of $250,000.
  13. Budget for Compton Community College District Personnel Commission of $280,000.
  14. Budget for one-time augmentation for Enrollment Management Plan ($100,000).
  15. Budget for California Public Entity Pension Stabilization Fund (PERS/STRS) contribution of $200,000.

At the April 19, 2016 board meeting, the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees will be presented a recommendation to approve the establishment of an irrevocable trust earmarked for Pension (PERS/STRS) rate increases. The Compton District will make an initial contribution of $500,000 to the California Public Entity Pension Stabilization Fund, which was adopted as part of the 2015-2016 final budget.  The 2016-2017 tentative budget includes a $200,000 contribution to the California Public Entity Pension Stabilization Fund.

Please note, Proposition 30 funds are used to support instructional salaries. Proposition 30 provides temporary support to community colleges and provisions will begin to expire starting with sales tax increase expiring December 31, 2016 followed by the personal income tax increase expiring December 31, 2018.

The Tentative Budget will be reviewed at the May 24, 2016 Planning and Budget Committee (PBC) meeting; and will be presented to the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees at their June 21, 2016 meeting.

The Governor's budget proposal is the first step in a legislative process that takes several months. We will continue to monitor changes in budget figures and priorities.


Accreditation Update and Upcoming Forums

Two upcoming Accreditation Forums to discuss the Self Evaluation Report are scheduled for May 5 at 3:00 p.m. in the El Camino College Alondra Room, and on May 10 at 1:00 p.m. at ECC Compton Center in the Student Lounge. An updated version of the "Process to Accreditation" document for the El Camino College Compton Center will be published prior to these forums. This document provides an update of the progress made, and actions required for the ECC Compton Center to continue progressing toward accreditation.


2015-2018 Enrollment Management Plan

The Enrollment Management Committee has presented the 2015-2018 Enrollment Management Plan, which may be found here. The plan is a "living document" which may be updated and revised as program and service needs evolve. Each employee plays a critical role in every interaction with students. We are all fundamentally responsible for ensuring implementation and success of the Enrollment Management Plan.

The Enrollment Management Plan outlines specific action plans for academic programs, student recruitment, marketing and outreach, registration, and student retention. It also includes timelines for each activity, identifies offices that will lead implementation of elements of the plan and, costs associated with the individual elements of the plan.

The purpose of this plan is to create a responsive, flexible, educationally sound, research-based approach to enrollment management. The plan is designed to address the following:

  • Achievement of enrollment targets in order to obtain the maximum resources available to the college.
  • Maintenance of the greatest possible student access consistent with educational quality.
  • A well-balanced and varied schedule, responsive to the needs of our students and community.
  • A comprehensive educational program that is responsive to the needs of our students and community.

Please review the document to familiarize yourself with the nine Enrollment Management Plan objectives that are each tied to specific strategic initiatives for ECC Compton Center. The strategic initiatives are: student learning, student success and support, collaboration, community responsiveness, institutional effectiveness, and modernization.

Enrollment management strategies will be pursued to ensure an appropriate balance is maintained in the curriculum between transfer, vocational, and basic skills programs. While Compton Center is committed to meeting its enrollment targets in order to ensure the greatest possible revenue for its programs, it will do so in ways that support student learning and success.


Mission, Vision, and Strategic Initiatives for 2017-2022

At the January 2016 El Camino Community College District and the Compton Community College District board meetings, both Board of Trustees approved the Mission, Vision, and Strategic Initiatives for the Compton Center and the future Compton College, which may be found here. Special Thanks to our Strategic Planning Committee for their work on Mission, Vision, and Strategic Initiatives.

More information on our Mission, Vision, and Strategic Initiatives for 2017-2022 will be included in the next edition of the Provost Message.


My Door is Open!

Let's all do our best to ensure students complete this academic year on a high note! As always, my Open Door is on Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Please feel free to meet with me if you have any questions, concerns or stories of success to share.

Please mark your calendar for the "Tartar Talks", which is our new name for our quarterly campuswide updates, scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge; and the Employee Ice Cream Social event, scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 12:00 p.m., in the Staff Lounge.


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