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Message from the Provost/CEO

NOVEMBER 2016


As the fall 2016 semester comes to a close, significant progress is taking place at the ECC Compton Center and the Compton Community College District. We celebrate another construction milestone in December with the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Music Building Renovation project; employment positions at the Compton District have been filled and we have new opportunities available; the Accreditation Candidacy Application and Self-Evaluation Report are nearing completion in preparation for submission in January 2017, and the development of the ECC Compton Center/Future Compton College Comprehensive Master Plan for 2017-2022 is well under way.

Music Building Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

Please join me for the Music Building Renovation Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Tuesday, December 13 at 3:00 p.m. The $3 million renovation project funded by the Compton District Measure CC includes upgrades to the 220-seat Little Theater and restrooms, as well as the addition of ramps for ADA accessibility. This event is open to the public and parking will be available in Lot A.

Accreditation Update

The ECC Compton Center Candidacy Application and Self-Evaluation Report are due to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) by January 6, 2017. The ACCJC External Evaluation Team visit is scheduled for Monday, March 6, through Thursday, March 9, 2017.

The ACCJC has selected Dr. Kindred Murillo, Superintendent/President of Lake Tahoe Community College, as the External Evaluation Team Chair.

The next steps in preparing the Accreditation Self-Evaluation Report include:

  1. Continue editing the current draft of 2017 ECC Compton Center Self-Evaluation Report.
  2. Request approval of the 2017 ECC Compton Center Self-Evaluation Report by the ECC Compton Center Faculty Council at their December 2016 meeting.
  3. Request approval of the 2017 ECC Compton Center Self-Evaluation Report by the El Camino College Academic Senate at their December 2016 meeting.
  4. Schedule a conference call with the External Evaluation Team Chair to the discuss site-visit.
  5. At the December 19 El Camino Community College District Board of Trustees meeting, request acceptance of the ECC Compton Center Candidacy Application and Self-Evaluation Report.
  6. Submit the ECC Compton Center Candidacy Application and Self-Evaluation Report prior to January 6, 2017.

An updated draft of the ECC Compton Center Candidacy Application and Self-Evaluation Report is available online here: www.compton.edu/adminandoperations/provostceo/Documents/ComptonCenter_Self-Evaluation_Board-Review_111716.pdf

2017 Comprehensive Master Plan

A five-year ECC Compton Center/Future Compton College Comprehensive Master Plan for 2017-2022 has been in development since spring 2016. The Comprehensive Master Plan includes Educational, Facilities, Technology, and Staffing Plans.

The strategic goals for the 2017 Comprehensive Master Plan include:

  1. Access and Completion - Improve enrollment, retention, and completion rates for our students.
  2. Student Success - Support the success of all students to meet their educational and career goals.
  3. Innovation - Support student success through the use of technology.
  4. Workforce Development - Offer excellent programs that lead to degrees and certificates in allied health, and technical fields.
  5. Partnerships - Establish partnerships in the community, and with local K-12 schools.

The next steps in the completion of the 2017 Comprehensive Master Plan include:

  1. Current draft of the 2017 Compton Center/Future Compton College Comprehensive Master Plan is in the final editing phase.
  2. Request approval of the El Camino College Academic Senate on the Educational Master Plan at their December 2016 meeting
  3. Finalize the ECC Compton Center/Future Compton College Technology Plan and prepare for Compton District Board Approval at the December 2016 meeting.
  4. Finalize the ECC Compton Center/Future Compton College Staffing Plan and prepare for Compton District Board Approval at the February 2017 meeting.

The draft ECC Compton Center/Future Compton College Comprehensive Master Plan for 2017- 2022, including the Educational and Facilities Plans, is available online here: www.compton.edu/adminandoperations/provostceo/Documents/112317_ComptonCCD-CMP_DRAFT.pdf

2015-2018 Enrollment Management Plan

Over the past couple of years, enrollment at the ECC Compton Center has been declining. For the 2016-17 fiscal year, the Compton Center is projecting funding for 6,060 (FTES), which includes borrowing 664 FTES from summer 2017.

The following is a status report on progress made for each of the Enrollment Management Plan strategies established to increase enrollment:

  • Establish Compton Early College High School with Compton Unified School District by fall 2015. Status Report: Completed.
  • Implement a Cosmetology Program at the Compton Center by fall 2016. Status Report: Completed.
  • Increase course offerings in the Afternoon College Program at the CEC partnership high schools in Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount by fall 2016. Status Report: Compton Center went from offering 12 courses in the fall 2015 to 18 courses in fall 2016. Additionally, offered seven summer school courses in summer 2016 at the Compton Center partnership high schools.
  • Offer courses at Compton Center's partnering Adult Schools in Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount. Status Report: In fall 2016, five courses were offered at the partnering Adult Schools. However, the courses were canceled due to low enrollment. We will work toward improving this strategy in spring 2017.
  • Develop an Evening/Weekend Program for adult and re-entry students to earn an associate of arts degree in the areas of general studies with an emphasis in social and behavioral sciences, and an emphasis in biological and physical sciences. Status Report: Efforts are ongoing. Hired an adjunct counselor to work with this student population.
  • Establish a Fire Technology Program by fall 2017 in collaboration with El Camino College and the City of Compton. Status Report: Currently working to complete a Facility Use Agreement and an Instructional Services Agreement with the City of Compton for the Fire Technology Program. The goal is to have both agreements completed by February 2017.

The 2015-2018 El Camino College Compton Center Enrollment Management Plan is available online at: www.compton.edu/adminandoperations/provostceo/Documents/CEC-EnrollmentManagementPlan_2015-2018.pdf

Strong Workforce Program

ECC Compton Center is part of the Strong Workforce Program, a Chancellor's Office initiative designed to improve the quantity and quality of Career and Technical Education programs that lead to employment opportunities and/or wage increases for students. The 2016-17 state budget includes $200 million for the Strong Workforce Program, and ECC Compton Center will receive more than $700,000. Program goals include strengthening CTE offerings as well as improved CTE outcomes in academic and labor market success. The program will also work to close equity gaps in program access, completion, and earnings of underserved demographic groups.

ECC Compton Center has established a Strong Workforce Development Taskforce to provide recommendations on how the funding should be utilized. During this academic year, the Strong Workforce Development Taskforce has held two meetings, including a retreat on November 7. At the retreat, participants supported the recommendation to hire a Director of Adult Education and Workforce Development for ECC Compton Center.

The California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 104, which includes the legislation for the Adult Education Block Grant. This grant will fund adult education providers and the adult education regional consortia. ECC Compton Center's allocation is $300,000. The Director of Adult Education and Workforce Development will oversee both funding sources and will have the opportunity to develop the Adult Education and Workforce Development programs. Recruitment for this new director position will begin in December 2016.

ECC Compton Center/Compton District Governance Survey Results

In spring 2016, the ECC Compton Center and the Compton Community College District conducted its first evaluation of campus governance, which includes the Institutional Standing Committees. This survey is another strategy to help improve communication and governance at ECC Compton Center. ECC Compton Center and the CCCD have several Institutional Standing Committees, such as Consultative Council, Planning and Budget, Facilities, Health Benefits, and Professional Development. These committees include representation from all constituent groups (i.e., CCCD employees, students, and administration). Each committee is co-chaired by a faculty member and administrator in an effort to improve communication and the effectiveness of the Institutional Standing Committees. The survey results have been shared with the Institutional Standing Committees co-chairs as well as presented during the November 29 Provost/CEO "Tartar Talks" campuswide meeting.

The ECC Compton Center/Compton District Governance Survey Results are available online here: www.compton.edu/adminandoperations/provostceo/Documents/Compton-Governance-Survey_Spring2016.pdf

Compton Center/Compton District Personnel Update

Since July 1, 2016, ECC Compton Center has hired 10 classified employees and eight new tenured-track faculty positions for the 2016-17 year. Chief Business Officer Felipe Lopez has accepted the position of vice president of business services at Cerritos College. Mr. Lopez' last day of employment with the CCCD is December 31, 2016. Mr. Steve Haigler, the current Director of Accounting for CCCD, will serve as the interim Chief Business Officer until the position has been filled. In addition, the Compton District is currently in the process of hiring the following classified employee and management positions:

Classified Employees:

  • Student Activities Coordinator
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Payroll Specialist
  • Athletic Specialist

Management:

  • Dean, Student Services
  • Director, Student Development & Athletics
  • Assistant Director of Facilities, Planning, Operations
  • Payroll Supervisor

Faculty

The Compton Center is in the process of hiring a tenured-track counselor for the CalWORKs/TANF/GAIN programs for the spring 2016 semester. In addition, the Compton Center will also be hiring five tenure-track faculty positions for the 2017-18 academic year.

ECC Compton Center/ Future Compton College Mission Statement

As you begin to prepare your syllabi for winter and spring, please be aware that both El Camino College and the Compton District Boards of Trustees approved a new mission statement for the ECC Compton Center/Future Compton College:

El Camino College Compton Center and the future Compton College is a welcoming environment where the diversity of our students is supported to pursue and attain academic and professional excellence. Compton Center promotes solutions to challenges, utilizes the latest techniques for preparing the workforce and provides clear pathways for transfer, completion and lifelong learning.

This is part of the work done by the Strategic Planning Committee which laid the ground work for our new mission, vision and strategic initiatives for the 2017 Comprehensive Master Plan.

2016-17 CCCD Scheduled Maintenance Projects:

The Scheduled Maintenance Program is a one-time addition to the current year budget. The state provides funding to districts for non-recurring repair and maintenance of facilities and to correct and avoid health and safety hazards, maintain an environment conducive to learning, and improve long-term cost effectiveness of facility operations.

The 2016-17 Scheduled Maintenance allocation is $576,281 and includes the following projects:

  1. Vocational Building Flooring Replacement:
    The outdated carpet in the Vocational Technology Building offices and classrooms will be replaced with new vinyl composition tile. Completion of work is anticipated by the end of January 2017. The project budget is $203,000.
  2. Vocational Building Computer Lab Refresh/Repair:
    While the carpet is replaced in the Vocational Technology Building, the data and electrical lines will be updated to clear trip hazards in the classrooms. Completion of work is anticipated by the end of January 2017. The project budget is $94,000.
  3. Synthetic Turf/Landscaping:
    1. Childcare Development Center (CDC): Landscaping modifications in the children's play yard. The yard will have a small bike path, concrete renovation and new turf. Completion of work is anticipated by the end of January 2017. LAUP gave the CDC a $125,000 grant towards this project. Scheduled Maintenance has allocated an additional $70,000 for this project.
    2. Campus Entrance Update: Water conservation and entrance landscaping modifications. The project budget is $62,281.
  4. Campus Signage:
    The marquee at the entrance of the campus is not functioning. All panels on the marquee will be upgraded with the latest technology. Completion of work is anticipated by the end of January 2017. The project budget is $42,000.
  5. Campuswide Door Replacement:
    Numerous doors on campus are in need of repair or replacement. The most urgent doors that will receive service are in the Student Success Center, Math/Science and Vocational Technology Buildings. Completion of work is anticipated by end of spring 2017. The project budget is $30,000.
  6. Replace HVAC in Gymnasium:
    The gymnasium will be upgraded with air conditioning. Completion of work is anticipated by end of spring 2017. The project budget is $75,000.

 

Compton Community College District Line of Credit

Assembly Bill 318 provided a $30 million line of credit to assist with the Compton District recovery efforts. The Compton District has drawn down $17.9 million from the line of credit and as of June 1, 2016 the remaining balance is $12.0 million. The Compton District anticipates making the last line of credit payment in 2028-29 year. During the 2015-16 fiscal year the Compton District repayment amount was $1.3 million and the District contributed an additional $200,000 toward the outstanding balance. This additional $200,000 payment saved the Compton District over $149,000 in total interest.

Included in the 2016-17 California State Budget was the refinancing of the Compton District line of credit, which lowered the interest rate to 2.307%. The refinancing will save the Compton District approximately $1 million in total interest over the remaining life of the loan.

In the 2016-17 fiscal year, the Compton District budgeted repayment amount is $1.2 million and an additional $500,000 was budgeted for the outstanding balance of the line of credit. This additional $500,000 payment saved the Compton District over $126,000 in total interest.

The Compton District Line of Credit Debit Service Schedule is available online here: www.compton.edu/adminandoperations/provostceo/Documents/Line-of-Credit-Debt-Schedule.pdf

CCCD Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Credit

The Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) are benefits that an employee will begin to receive at the start of retirement. This does not include pension benefits paid to the retired employee. In July 2004, Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued Statement No. 45, Accounting and Financial Reporting by Employers for Post-Employment Benefits Other than Pensions. This Statement requires local governmental employers who provide OPEB as part of the total compensation offered to employees to recognize the expense and related liabilities (assets) in the entity-wide financial statements of net assets and activities. This Statement established standards for the measurement, recognition, and display of OPEB expense/expenditures and related liabilities (assets), note disclosures, and, if applicable, required supplementary information (RSI) in the financial reports of State and local government employers.

The Compton District contributes on a pay-as-you-go basis for post-employment health care benefits, with additional pre-funded contributions determined through mutual agreements between the District and the collective bargaining units. Since 2013, the Compton District has established an Irrevocable Trust Program and has invested $2,943,943. However, the Compton District has an unfunded Actuarial Accrued Liability of $13,129,340.

The Compton Community College District Schedule of Other Post-Employment Benefits District's Funding Plan is available online: www.compton.edu/adminandoperations/provostceo/Documents/OPEB-Funding-Schedule.pdf.

Presentations

On Friday, November 17, ECC Superintendent/President Dena P. Maloney and I presented "El Camino College/Compton CCD Partnership for Student Success" at the Community College League of California Annual Convention in Riverside. We provided information about the El Camino College/Compton CCD partnership and the process to accreditation for the ECC Compton Center. A copy of the presentation is available online at www.compton.edu/adminandoperations/provostceo/Documents/111816-CCLC-Presentation.pdf.

On Monday, November 20 I provided an update to the El Camino College Board of Trustees on the ECC Compton Center Self-Evaluation Report and the 2017 Comprehensive Master Plan. A copy of my presentation to the El Camino College Board of Trustees is available online at: www.compton.edu/adminandoperations/provostceo/Documents/112116-ECCCD-Board-Presentation.pdf.

On Tuesday, November 29 I provided a presentation at the Quarterly Tartar Talks. A copy of the presentation from the November 29, 2016 Tartar Talks is available online at www.compton.edu/adminandoperations/provostceo/Documents/112916_TartarTalks.pdf

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



As the semester comes to a close and students prepare for finals, let's continue our important work to ensure "Every Student is a Success Story." May you all have a safe and happy holiday season!


 


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