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Message from the Provost/CEO

APRIL 2017

It's hard to believe that the spring 2017 semester is nearing completion and ECC Compton Center will be celebrating students' accomplishments at the annual Commencement Ceremony in about seven weeks!

Our work continues in the Process to Accreditation, and there is an update on next steps in this newsletter. I would like to personally invite faculty, staff and administrators to participate in the "2017 El Camino College Compton Center Accreditation 101 Workshop" on May 16, 2017, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Staff Lounge. Workshop participants will be provided with a detailed overview of the accreditation standards and the accreditation eligibility requirements. To participate in the Accreditation 101 Workshop, RSVP by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, by calling 310-900-1600, ext. 2000.

Increasing enrollment is also a top priority, and we are looking forward to the second annual Senior Day on May 10, 2017, when ECC Compton Center will open its doors for graduating seniors from local high schools to learn about our many academic and student support resources. The event will take place from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. and feature a variety of workshops, a resource fair, campus tours and staff to help attendees complete the steps to enrollment, including filing an application.

Accreditation Update

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) will meet June 6-9, 2017 to review the External Evaluation Team report. El Camino College's superintendent/president will be informed of El Camino College Compton Center's accreditation status via a letter from the ACCJC sometime following that meeting. ECC Compton Center continues to work on implementation of the items cited in the future plans section of the ECC Compton Center Self-Evaluation Report and also the completion of the "Decision Making and Governance Manual for the Compton Community College District and ECC Compton Center."

On April 7, Dr. Richard Winn, Interim President/CEO of ACCJC visited El Camino College Compton Center. During his visit, Dr. Winn met with El Camino College Superintendent/President Maloney, faculty representatives, student leaders, and me. . Dr. Winn also had an opportunity to tour the ECC Compton Center campus.

Return of Local Authority for Compton Community College District Elected Board of Trustees

The Compton Community College District (CCCD) has completed an important milestone as it relates to the governing authority of the CCCD elected Board of Trustees. Assembly Bill 318 and applicable Education Code Section 71093 (a) outline the steps for the return of authority to the CCCD elected Board of Trustees. Thomas Henry's last day of employment as special trustee for the CCCD was March 10. California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley appointed Deputy Chancellor Erik Skinner as the special trustee for the CCCD with stay and rescind authority until a permanent special trustee for the CCCD is appointed.

On March 21, 2017, Deputy Chancellor Skinner returned the governing authority to the CCCD elected Board of Trustees during their regularly scheduled board meeting. Documents related to the return of governing authority to the CCCD elected Board of Trustees is available online at: district.compton.edu/history/return-of-local-authority.asp

Compton Community College District Recovery Plan/Funding Request

Since February, the CCCD has worked with the state's local assembly and senate officials on a Recovery Plan/Funding Request for the CCCD. The Recovery Plan//Funding Request reflects the CCCD's current position and outlines needs relative to ECC Compton Center and the future Compton College as an accredited college within the CCCD. The request for additional funding reflects anticipated needs for 2017-2018 and five subsequent fiscal years. The funding request is dependent on the ECC Compton Center accreditation timeline determined by the ACCJC. For the 2017-2018 year, the CCCD is requesting a one-time state budget augmentation of $5.2 million, disbursed over three years, to meet the required staffing, technology and mandated costs associated with the future Compton College.

Resolution No. 04-19-2017A - Support for Students

At its April 19 meeting, the Compton District Board of Trustees adopted Resolution No. 04-19-2017A in support of undocumented, vulnerable and targeted students.

The full text of Resolution No. 04-19-2017A Support for Students is available online. The CCCD Resolution resolves that:

  • Consistent with the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges Resolution 2017-01, the CCCD will not act on behalf of federal agencies to enforce immigration laws or aid in deportation, and
  • The CCCD will not release confidential student records containing immigration or citizenship status with immigration officials, without a judicial warrant, subpoena, or court order, unless authorized by the subject student or required by law, and
  • Consistent with the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges Resolution 2017-01, the CCCD will not cooperate with any effort to create a registry of individuals based on any protected characteristics such as religion, national origin, race, or sexual orientation; and
  • The CCCD agrees that the District's contracted police services provider will not detain, question, or arrest any individual on the basis of actual or suspected undocumented immigration status; and
  • The CCCD further resolves to implement guidelines clarifying that any request made by federal authorities to access the campus or information regarding a student or employee shall be immediately forwarded to the California Community College Chancellor or designee to provide the District the opportunity to respond and consult with legal counsel, if necessary; and
  • The CCCD will continue to actively promote and sustain a climate of inclusion, respect, support, and success for all its students and employees.

The Compton Community College District is committed to being a leader in supporting student learning and success in higher education; and provides a welcoming environment where the diversity of students is supported to pursue and attain academic and professional excellence.

2017 Commencement Ceremony

El Camino College Compton Center will hold its 2017 Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Tartar Quad. The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be Eloy Ortiz Oakley, California Community Colleges Chancellor.

Molina Health Center Update

ECC Compton Center will host a Molina Health Day on November 9, 2017. The event will include Molina Healthcare medical doctors, nurses and physicians who will volunteer their time to meet and talk to students, faculty, and CCCD employees regarding personal health, as well as health science career pathways.

The Molina Health Center opened its doors in February 2017 to serve ECC Compton Center students three days per week. As of April 11, the Molina Health Center has treated 74 patients. ECC Compton Center students are receiving free health services during the spring 2017 semester and will receive free health services during the summer intersession. Students enrolled at ECC Compton Center will be assessed the $19 health services fee beginning in the fall 2017 semester.

ECC Compton Center administrators and Molina Health Center staff conducted an assessment of the additional health needs of students, which include expanding services in mental health and more specifically adding a clinical psychologist. As a result, ECC Compton Center has begun the process of a hiring a part-time clinical psychologist who would provide services for Compton Center in the Molina Health Center. The part-time clinical psychologist will begin in fall 2017 and will be funded from the revenue generated from the $19 health services fee.

2017 Enrollment Management Conference

ECC Compton Center will host its first ever Enrollment Management Conference for faculty and staff, is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 12, 2017. The conference will include enrollment trend data, best practices and strategies to increase student enrollment, and an overview of enrollment management. In addition, a 2015-2018 Enrollment Management Plan status report will be provided, and we will begin discussions on the development of the 2018-2021 ECC Compton Center/future Compton College Enrollment Management Plan. It is critical ECC Compton Center increases enrollment to maintain our base apportionment revenues at 6,060 FTES in the 2017-2018 year. For more information on the Enrollment Management Conference, please contact Richette Bell, Director of Admissions & Records at rbell@elcamino.edu.

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Feedback Report 2016

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Data Feedback Report 2016 covers ECC Compton Center data from the 2014-15 academic year, as well as some information from the fall 2015 semester. Some of this data (e.g., graduation rates and persistence rates) is based on cohorts that date as far back as the fall 2011 semester.

The report compares ECC Compton Center's institutional data to a group of colleges based on similarities in size, location and type. For example, colleges in the ECC Compton Center's comparison group include nearby Cerritos College and Los Angeles Southwest College, as well as Merritt College in Oakland, California and Baltimore City College in Maryland because these are all relatively small community colleges in urban locations that serve the same underrepresented groups as Compton. (Please note that this report compares institutional data to a group median rather than a group average. The median is just the middle number in an ordered group, and it is not based on calculating the group's information altogether.)

The ethnic and gender distribution of ECC Compton Center's student body is similar to the comparison group, although Compton has a larger proportion of Hispanic/Latino students. Although the majority of Compton Center students are female (63%), this is very close to the comparison group's median (62%). Compton Center is smaller (regarding headcounts and FTES) compared to most colleges in the comparison group, so full-time enrollments and part-time enrollments are also lower than the median. Because IPEDS reports these as counts rather than percentages, it is not clear if Compton Center has a proportionally lower enrollment. For example: Compton Center awarded fewer degrees than the group's median, but it has reduced this gap since the previous year and is already meeting the program award goals set locally in its Strategic Plan.

An area of concern for the ECC Compton Center, compared to the comparison group's median, is the overall graduation rate was very low (13%), although the comparison group's median was objectively low as well (17%). This is an improvement over the previous year's rate (11%), although the group's median increased by the same amount (from 15% last year). It is also difficult to track progress using the Data Feedback Report because this is a (fall 2012) cohort-based measure. More reliable interpretations of ECC Compton Center's completion rates are reported in the 2015-16 Factbook. Nevertheless, we will work with our Institutional Research Office, Compton Center Faculty Council, Enrollment Management Committee, and Student Success Committee to develop a plan to improve the Compton Center graduation rate.

Improving Outcomes and Student Success for Historically Underserved Students

This spring, ECC Compton Center received results from the Community College Success Measure (CCSM) Survey and the Improving Student Success Outcomes for Men of Color at Compton College - Student Perspectives focus groups that were conducted by the San Diego State University Community College Equity Assessment Laboratory (CCEAL) in spring and fall 2016. The purpose of these studies was to examine the success of men of color at the ECC Compton Center and help determine what institutional factors are most related to this success. CCEAL is a national research and practice lab that partners with community colleges to support their capacity in advancing outcomes for students who have been historically underserved in education. CCEAL also houses the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3).

The CCSM results indicate that many of Compton Center's students say they feel welcome, have a sense of belonging and validation within the classroom setting, but that Compton Center needs to transmit these same feelings in its many student-facing departments and offices throughout the campus. And although students highlight the validation they received from some faculty members, not all faculty members are perceived as validating agents for all students, and faculty and staff across-the-board can improve the personal relationships and care they show toward students. There are also some students who do not fully utilize the services available to them, particularly the ones most directly related to their success (i.e.., tutoring, advising, career counseling and transfer services).

The focus group results mirrored the results of the CCSM survey. Students spoke in more detail about how the stereotypes and stigmatization resulting from being young men of color (or attending school in Compton) affected their education. In particular, students spoke very positively about the faculty members who make education culturally relevant to the students and challenge them to understand "what this information means to you" on a personal level. Overall, students would like the ECC Compton Center to operate and be perceived similarly to any given university.

Working with our Institutional Research Office, ECC Compton Center Faculty Council, Enrollment Management Committee, and the Student Success Committee, we will develop a plan to address the many findings from these surveys and focus groups.

Employee Health Benefits

In the last few years, several CCCD employees have voiced their concerns with the amount of money individuals are paying annually for employee health benefits. Additionally, during pervious negotiations with the Compton Community College Federation of Classified Employees, the CCCD administration agreed to explore other options for an employee health benefit provider for the CCCD.

Last spring, I asked the Compton District Health Benefits Committee to request proposals from several health benefits representatives. In September 2016, the committee selected two finalists from providers that submitted proposals. Both CalPERS and VEBA provided presentations at open forums in December 2016. Some of the Compton Center employees who attended the open forums then completed a Health Benefits Options Survey. The results of the Health Benefits Options Survey are available here. On December 6, 2016, I conducted final interviews with CalPERS and VEBA.

The Health Benefits Committee reviewed the survey results and provided a formal recommendation on the Health Benefits Broker selection on March 3, 2017. The recommendation from the Health Benefits Committee is available here. The Consultative Council received the formal recommendation from the Health Benefits Committee on March 6. The CCCD Board of Trustees received a presentation from both CalPERS and VEBA at the April 19, 2017 board meeting.

The CCCD Board of Trustees will conduct a special board meeting on May 9, 2017 at 4:30p.m. to select a health benefits broker. At the special board meeting, I will provide a formal recommendation on the health benefits broker to the CCCD Board of Trustees. Before making a formal recommendation, I will request additional information from CalPERS and VEBA on their health benefits plans so the CCCD Board of Trustees can make an informed decision on May 9, 2017.

2016-2017 ECC Compton Center/ Compton Community District Governance Survey

The ECC Compton Center and the Compton CCD is conducting our second 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. The survey will provide you with an opportunity to provide feedback on the Compton District/Compton Center Governance Structure (i.e. Institutional Standing Committees). We are required to conduct regular governance surveys to continue to meet Accreditation Standard IV.A.7, which states:

Leadership roles and the institution's governance and decision-making policies, procedures, and processes are regularly evaluated to assure their integrity and effectiveness. The institution widely communicates the results of these evaluations and uses them as the basis for improvement.

Please complete the 2016-2017 ECC Compton Center and the Compton CCD Governance Survey on the link below by Tuesday, May 12, 2017.


I want to encourage you to visit our Consultation and Institutional Standing Committees web page and review the agenda and minutes of each Institutional Standing Committee.

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

The next Tartar Talks is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Little Theater.

ECC Compton Center has a calendar full of year-end events from now until the Commencement Ceremony in June. Let's all do our part to finish strong and make sure Every Student is a Success Story!


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