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President/CEO Message

August 10, 2020

Campus Community,

Let the countdown begin toward the fall 2020 semester! I am anxious and ready for the 2020-2021 year. This will probably be our most challenging year as a college; however, I know we are prepared for what lies ahead of us. 2020-2021 will bring so many new opportunities, and it will challenge us to think differently as professionals, and as an organization. I recommended we all contemplate the 2020-2021 year with an open mind and focus on different ways we can improve our organization to address the needs of our students. The President/CEO Message - August 10, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update
On August 8, 2020, California reported 8,373 new cases of COVID-19. The state now has a total of 554,160 positive cases. There has been a total of 10,293 deaths in the state. For more information, go to www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019. Compton College continues to operate at Level Four - Severe Infection Rate, according to the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan.

Eventual Return to Campus Plan
The initial July 15, 2020, and the recently updated July 30, 2020, drafts of the "Eventual Return to Campus Plan" are available on the Compton College COVID-19 information webpage here. On Friday, August 7, 2020, the California Department of Public Health released the COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education, which is available here. This document will provide us with additional guidance as we plan for the eventual return to campus. As of right now, our campus is telecommuting until further notice.

Campus Visits: One-Time Requests
Effective Thursday, August 20, 2020, a new online form will be available for employees requesting a one-time visit to the Compton College campus. This form is specifically for those who are not included in the Essential Employees Work Schedule. 

Requests must be submitted at least two business days in advance, with manager/supervisor approval. Notification (request approved/denied) will be provided by the chief of police via your @compton.edu email. Campus visits are permitted from 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday; review the chart on the online form for department/office availability to determine when to schedule your visit. 

Please note: This form does not replace the Facilities Request Form used for events, gatherings, or other facilities usage that require set-up, coordination with another department, or staffing.

Enrollment Update
As of August 10, 2020, Compton College has generated 1,084 Full-Time Equivalent Students for fall 2020. Our fill rate is at 37%, and our seats filled is 6,984. Click here for the current fall 2020 Enrollment Snapshot. Please encourage students and prospective students to enroll in the fall 2020 classes.

2020-2021 Professional Development Calendar
The 2020-2021 Professional Development Calendar is now available here. Special Thanks to the Academic Senate Faculty Development Committee, the Professional Development Committee, and Pilar Huffman, the Professional Development Manager, for developing the 2020-2021 Professional Development Calendar. During the year, there will be some adjustments to the calendar, and additional professional development events will be scheduled. For more information on Compton College Professional Development activities, please visit here for the Professional Development webpage.  

Fall 2020 Professional Development Days
As mentioned in the President/CEO Message - August 3, 2020, and the President/CEO Message - August 6, 2020, we will begin the fall 2020 semester with two Professional Development Days on Thursday, August 20, 2020 (mandatory), and Friday, August 21, 2020 (optional) via Zoom Meeting. The agendas for the events are available below.

Also, the fall 2020 Adjunct Faculty Orientation, which is scheduled for Monday, August 17, 2020, is available here.

Compton CCD Board of Trustees Meeting
The next meeting of the Compton CCD Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, August 18, 2020. The closed session begins at 4:00 p.m., with open session commencing at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. Information on how to access the Board of Trustees meeting is available here.

Final Thoughts
This morning, I presented our Compton College 2024 Comprehensive Master Plan to academic and student services managers at Cuyamaca College's Pathways Workshop. I enjoyed talking about our implementation of the Tartar Completion by Design and Guided Pathways. I truly recognize the work everyone is involved in as it relates to the implementation of Guided Pathways. As an organization, we have come along way. However, I know Guided Pathways is a work in progress. As we enter year two of our implementation of Guided Pathways, we will continue to identify individual roles and responsibilities and figure out how to improve our processes.

Please be safe, as the countdown to fall 2020 continues.


Keith Curry, Ed.D.
(preferred pronouns: he/him/his)
Compton College

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