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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO


Welcome to the fall 2019 semester! I hope you are all ready for an exciting, and challenging, year as we embark on Compton College's first academic year under the authority of the Compton Community College District.

Compton College scheduled events for students during Welcome Week, August 26-29, 2019, including tomorrow's "Snacks for Students" available in the Tartar Quad from 12 - 2 p.m. Please wear your Compton College apparel on both all week.

In addition, be sure to wear your "Ask Me" buttons for the next two weeks to let students know we are here to assist them in any way we can. If you need a button, please contact Cesar Jimenez, Dean of Counseling and Guided Pathways in the Administration Building or via email at cjimenez@compton.edu.

We are entering the final push to increase enrollment by encouraging students to register! The fall in-person registration assistance period continues through September 6 for full-semester courses. Students may continue to register online via MyCompton for second eight-week classes through October 19.

Compton College 2024 - Comprehensive Master Plan Published
The CCCD Board of Trustees approved the Compton College 2024 - Comprehensive Master Plan. The master plan includes the educational and facilities plans for the next six years. The plan document reflects the vision of Compton College going forward, where Compton College will be the leading institution of student learning and success in higher education. Recommendations in the plan are driven toward strengthening academic programs, student support services, bolstering enrollment and facilities growth. It also serves as a guide for linking our planning to budget, while providing direction in all endeavors.

The Compton College 2024 - Comprehensive Master Plan was developed through collaborative governance with input from faculty, staff, students, and administrators defining the document's content. Major content contributions came from the Tartar Focused and Directed Pathways to Completion Committee. The Academic Senate and Consultative Council reviewed and approved of the new master plan in spring 2019.

More information on the development of the Compton College 2024 plan is available online here.

Inaugural Compton College Tartar Success Team Institute
On behalf of Compton College and Compton Community College District, I would like to thank all who participated in the Inaugural Compton College Tartar Success Team Institute. I truly appreciate the hard work and engagement, but most importantly, the collaboration among the faculty, staff, and students who participated. Due to your involvement in the Compton College Tartar Success Team Institute, the initial implementation of Guided Pathways at Compton College will be much smoother. We will continue discussions about next step items, especially the Tartar Success Team Roles and Responsibilities. Through Collaborative Governance and dialogue, we will figure it out together during the 2019-2020 year.

To recap, the following are the rankings on the top 10 items we collectively decided to work on during the 2019-2020 year.

Priority # Follow-Up Item
1. Implement Compton College Welcome Week Activities
2. Improve Campus Signage at Compton College
3. Revise the Compton College Communications Guide and Processes
4. Establish Student Commons Across Campus
5. Create a Compton College Mobile Application
6. Examine the Colleges Hours of Operation
7. Implement Career Services for Compton Student by GPD's
8. Child Care for Students and Potential Students
9. Fully implement OER campus-wide  by Fall 2021
10. Revise the Compton College Students Program Maps

It was determined that we must move forward on follow-up items No.1- 5, and the following steps have been taken towards implementing those items:

  1. Implement Compton College Welcome Week Activities: Chris Perez, Student Activities Coordinator, will take the lead on implementing a Compton College Welcome Week during the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. The activities included in Welcome Week are listed above in the introduction of this newsletter.

  2. Improve Campus Signage at Compton College: During the recent President/CEO Cabinet meeting, the campus map directories located in various locations on campus were discussed. I have appointed Linda Owens, Chief Facilities Officer; and Heather Parnock, Director of Community Relations, to make sure the updated campus maps are installed in each directory before the first day of the fall 2019 semester. In the future, Enrollment Management Outreach/Marketing subcommittee will be consulted for additional recommendations to improve campus signage. Recommendations from the Enrollment Management Outreach/Marketing subcommittee should be submitted the Office of the President by Thursday, October 31, 2019, and discussed in Tartar Success Team meetings in November 2019 for feedback/input. The goal is to review and make a final decision on additional campus signage by the end of November 2019 to ensure recommendations are implemented before spring 2020.

  3. Revise the Compton College Communications Guide and Processes: Heather Parnock, Director of Community Relations, was appointed to establish a workgroup, that includes representation from the Tartar Success Teams, to update the Compton College Communications Guide. We understand the concerns and interest from many of you regarding your involvement in marketing activities for the Guided Pathway Divisions and your Tartar Success Team. However, we need to ensure we have clear processes established regarding our communications to students and the community. It is very important during the first Tartar Success Team meeting that the team identifies at least two individuals to serve on the Communication Guide workgroup. Heather Parnock will schedule the first meeting of the Communication Guide workgroup in mid-September 2019. The Compton College Communication Guide is targeted to be completed by Friday, November 15, 2019.

  4. Establish Student Commons across campus:  I will ask the Compton College Facilities Committee for a formal recommendation regarding establishing Student Commons across campus. Included in their recommendations will be potential locations; a budget for each location's implementation; and a potential timeline for implementation. Upon receipt of their recommendation, Linda Owens, Chief Facilities Officer and the co-chair of the Facilities Committee, will share the recommendation with the Tartar Success Teams in November 2019. The goal is to review the recommendation and make a final decision on establishing Student Commons across campus by the last week of November 2019. It is my desire to have at least one Student Commons established by the spring 2020 semester. My initial thought is to establish one Student Commons in the each of the following facilities: Library-Student Success Center, Math/Science Building, Staff Lounge, and the Vocational Technology Building. However, more discussions need to occur with the Facilities Committee and with the Tartar Success Teams before moving forward.

  5. Create a Compton College Mobile Application: We will follow-up with Ellucian on the Compton College Banner ERP mobile application to find out more information regarding its capabilities and share our findings with the Tartar Success Teams. Andrei Yermakov, Chief Technology Officer, will lead on this follow-up item and provide an update to the Tartar Success Teams on the Compton College Mobile Application sometime during team meetings in September 2019. Following a clear assessment of the capabilities, a plan of action for this follow-up item will be drafted. The goal is to have a plan of action completed by Friday, December 13, 2019.

In the next couple of weeks, we will begin examining the next steps for follow-up items No. 6-10.

Enrollment Management
As of August 28, 2019, Compton College has generated 1,670 FTES for fall 2019. Our fill rate is at 59%, and our seats filled is 11,097. During the next couple of weeks, we must continue to assist students with the registration process and adding classes to their schedules where possible.

Enrollment to Date: Resident + Non-Resident Students

  Fall 2018
@ Census
Year Ago
Fall 2019
To Date
vs. Year Ago
Sections 578 570 547 -4.0%
Seats Filled 14,913 13.201 11,097 -15.9%
Section Fill Rate 76% 71% 59% -11.7%
FTES 2,230 2,036 1,670 -18.0%

We are currently working on updating our Five-Year FTES Projections and developing our 2019-2022 Compton College Enrollment Management Plan.

New Student Welcome Day is a Success
Compton College held its 13th Annual New Student Welcome Day on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. We welcomed more than 230 students, the first class under the authority of the Compton Community College District!

Students had the opportunity to tour the campus, meet new friends, and participate in New Student Orientation and workshops that included: Financial Aid, Career, Transfer, Career and Technical Education, and Tools for Tartar Success. In addition, students received information from faculty, student services, and support programs during the Resource Fair. Throughout the day, students had the opportunity to enter drawings for prizes that included backpacks, tumblers, and parking permits.

Thank you to the New Student Welcome Day Committee, faculty, staff, students, volunteers and prize donors that participated. Your contributions helped make New Student Welcome Day a success.

Curriculum Approval Process
As part of Compton College's transition as an independent institution, the college must receive approval for its curriculum for its associate of arts and associate of science degree programs from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. While some programs have received approval, a revised list of courses that need to be corrected was submitted to the Chancellor's Office on June 17, 2019

These courses must be reviewed and corrected by December 31, 2019 to maintain "active"program status. These corrections will be made through the standard curriculum review process. The division chairs were notified of the courses that require revision so faculty can begin reviewing and submitting necessary curricular changes upon the beginning of the fall 2019 semester.

The Compton College Curriculum Committee has scheduled six meeting dates to review and approve the course revisions. In order to meet the December 31, 2019 deadline, the final meeting dates for review and approval are as follows:

  • Compton College Curriculum Committee: November 19, 2019
  • Academic Senate: November 21, 2019
  • CCCD Board of Trustees: December 10, 2019

Let's work together to ensure we meet the December 31, 2019 deadline.

Compton College Veteran's Program
Compton College is preparing for the launch of its Veterans Program which will be administered by the Financial Aid Office beginning in the fall 2019 semester. The new Compton College Veterans Resource Center (VRC) will be located in Room F-10. A Certifying Veterans Coordinator for Compton College has been trained and we will hire an adjunct counselor to work with student-veterans. The process for the establishment of the VRC was as follows:

  • On June 25, 2019, there was a campus visit by the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE). During the visit, Compton College received verbal approval to offer certification to veterans so they can use their education benefits at Compton College effective July 15, 2019.
  • On July 24, 2019, Compton College received an official letter of approval from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make certifications to enrollments and changes in enrollments of students who seek to receive benefits under educational assistance programs administered by Compton College and the VA.
  • On August 14, 2019, Compton College received an email from the VA with the college's official facility code. This code is to be used as an enhanced means of submitting VA forms into the VA-ONCE system, which is an Internet-based application developed by a team of colleges and VA representatives to help track veterans and the benefits they are using.

FYE Program Recruitment Update
During the 2019-2020 academic year, Compton College's First Year Experience (FYE) Program goal is to serve 150 first-year students via five learning communities with 30 students in each. The FYE Learning Community Schedule for fall 2019 is available online here.

The FYE Program collaborated with Compton College's Oliver W. Conner Promise Program to fill the five learning communities. During the summer, outreach efforts included 3,730 graduating seniors from local high schools receiving a College Promise postcard to encourage enrollment. Currently, there are 114 students enrolled in the FYE Program with anywhere from 16 to 28 students in each of the five learning communities. Compton College staff will continue to recruit students for the FYE program up until census day on September 6, 2019.

Furthermore, this fall, we will begin planning for the 2020-2021 year.

Compton College Police Department Update
The newest member of the Compton College Police Department, Officer George Cervantes, was sworn in on July 15, 2019. He will primarily be assigned to the patrol and investigation divisions. The Police Department is still seeking outstanding applicants for the position of police officer. Information about open positions is available online here. Applications close on September 6, 2019.

The Compton College Police Department is in the process of reviewing its new initiative "Staff up, Gear up, Train Up." which focuses on three key areas of public safety to ensure our department is equipped to handle all of the campus and community safety needs, as well as meet the requirements of the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Tartar Athletics Program
Compton College Athletics is gearing up for the start of the 2019-2020 fall sports seasons with Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Football, and the newly added Men's and Women's Cross Country teams.

The Athletics Department has undergone significant staffing changes since the beginning of 2019 and is now led by Andree Pacheco, Director of Student Activities and Athletics. We have recently hired an athletics coordinator, head women’s soccer coach, head cross country and track and field coach, several athletic trainers, and a new athletic specialist is expected to be hired soon.

In an effort to improve student-athlete recruitment, equity, success, and overall experience, we have introduced a few new benefits for students. This summer, in partnership with St. John's Student Health Center, 61 student-athletes received free physicals at Compton Center by a medical doctor as required by the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). And this football season, the Athletics Department will launch a Food Drive/Opportunity Drawing where attendees at home football games will be invited to donate food items in return for tickets that will be entered into an opportunity drawing for a chance to win Compton College Tartar Athletics gear. All food donations will be given to the Tartar Food Pantry on campus.

Compton College Athletics is looking for students interested in joining the Tartar Athletics program! Interested students are encouraged to visit the Staff Directory link (under the Inside Athletics tab at the top of the web page) for team contact information: http://www.compton.edu/athletics/

President/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
Campuswide quarterly updates will continue to be held on the fourth Tuesday of the designated month from 1-2 p.m. in the Little Theater.

Tartar Talks Spring 2019-2020 Schedule:

  • September 17, 2019
  • November 19, 2019
  • February 25, 2020
  • April 21, 2020

Thank you all for your dedication and participation in the recent Professional Development Days, Annual Management Retreat, and the first-ever Tartar Success Institute! The next couple of weeks are very important for Compton College in terms of Enrollment Management. Let's do everything we can to welcome our first class of Compton College students to the fall semester. Our goal is to help make Every Student a Success Story!

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