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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO


Congratulations to the Compton College community on a successful completion of the fall 2019 semester! The holiday season is here, and the New Year is quickly approaching. To all of the dedicated employees at the Compton Community College District, I wish everyone a joyous holiday season and a prosperous and healthy 2020! and it is a tremendous honor to serve as your President/CEO. Campus will be closed December 24, 2019 through January 1, 2020. I hope you enjoy this holiday time with your family and friends. All Compton College and departments will close on Monday, December 23, 2019, at 4:30 p.m.

The 2020 winter term and spring semester are just around the corner, and online registration is currently in progress. Compton College's winter term begins January 6, 2020 and the spring semester begins February 18, 2020. Students may register online at www.compton.edu by clicking on MyCompton. Although campus will be closed for winter recess, online registration is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The online schedule of classes for Winter and Spring 2020 is available at www.compton.edu/studentservices/admissionandrecords/ClassSchedule.aspx.

November 2019 Nursing Program Update

In November 2020, there will be a Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) school site visit to Compton College. The Nursing Program self-study report is scheduled to be completed by July 2020. Dr. Schutte visited Compton College campus to meet with the members of the President/CEO Cabinet on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Compton College Nursing Program Interim Associate Dean Zenaida Mitu, Assistant Director Dr. Shirley Thomas, and Dean of Student Learning, Dr. Abiodun Osanyinpeju were also in attendance. Dr. Schutte provided details of the self-study exercise and the support that will be required from the Cabinet, and members of the college community, and myself for the self-study and school site visit to be a success. In addition, Dr. Schutte conducted a training session for full-time and part-time nursing faculty on the development and writing of the self-study report, as well as the preparation needed for the site visit.

On November 14, 2019, Zenaida Mitu, Dr. Shirley Thomas, and I attended the BRN Board Meeting in Riverside, California. At this meeting, the first quarterly report from Compton College was accepted by the BRN. The December 2019 BRN quarterly deadline was December 13, 2019, and it will be presented to the BRN at their January 9, 2020 Education Licensing Committee meeting. Associate Dean Mitu and Dr. Thomas also meet regularly with the college administration as part of the leadership development and mentoring for both the Program Director and Assistant Director. 

Our monthly conference call with Nursing Education Consultant, Dr. Donna Schutte and Supervising Education Consultant, Dr. Badrieh Caraway was held on November 27, 2019 and December 18, 2019. During the fall 2019 semester, much progress has been made over the past couple of months with the Compton College Nursing Program, the overall NCLEX pass rate for the first quarter of the 2019-2020 year is 97 percent with 33 out of 34 nursing graduates successful on the test. The Nursing program will continue to support students with all activities and processes. The job announcement for two additional full-time faculty positions to begin in spring 2020 has been posted. The position announcement closes on December 20, 2019. This will include a total of four new full-time faculty members hired in the 2019-2020 academic year to strengthen the nursing program. New job descriptions were developed for the Assistant Director, Skills Lab Coordinator, Simulation Lab Coordinator, Student Success Coordinator, and Student Success Facilitator positions were approved at the November 19, 2019 Compton District Board of Trustees meeting. Finally, a timeline of the actions needed to complete the BRN self-study report and to plan the site visit has been developed.

College Futures Foundation Awards Compton College Another Grant 2024 Planning

On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, Compton College was informed by the College Futures Grant an additional $400,000 to support Compton College 2024. As you may recall the College Futures Foundation awarded Compton College $131,000 for the planning phase of the Compton College 2024 Planning Grant. The additional $400,000 will support Compton College Guided Pathways Implementation, Dual Enrollment, Development and Implementation of Block Scheduling; and Transfer Partnerships. Special Thanks to Cesar Jimenez, Dean of Counseling and Guided Pathways for serving as the lead on the grant proposal and successfully securing the additional funding for Compton College.

President's Taskforce Work Groups Update

I have established the following Taskforce Work Groups to provide guidance and recommendations to me:

  • 504/508 Work Group
  • Males of Color Work Group
  • Learning Resource Center Task Force
  • LGBTQ+ Work Group
  • Foster Youth/Guardian Scholars
  • UndocuAlly Task Force
  • Veterans Work Group

A current summary from each of the workgroups is available online here.

Human Resources 2024 Staffing Plan

Compton College has updated its 2017 Human Resources Staffing Plan and presented the new Compton College 2024 Human Resources Staffing Plan for a second reading and approval to the Board of Trustees on December 17, 2019. On June 18, 2019, the Board of Trustees approved the Compton College 2024, Comprehensive Master Plan, which captures Compton College's implementation of Guided Pathways and Tartar Completion by Design. Compton College 2024 is in alignment with the California Community Colleges Vision for Success report.

Distance Education Report

For many years, as Compton College and El Camino College Compton Center, the college has provided online and hybrid educational opportunities for students. During the transition to an independent Compton College, there is an opportunity to establish new policies, procedures, and practices to enhance Compton College's Distance Education program.  Through the Quality Focused Essay, we identified areas of improvement. The three areas to be addressed related to Distance Education are as follows:

  1. Create a clear organizational management structure for Distance Education.
  2. Implement best practices for online student success.
  3. Promote student awareness of Distance Education resources and develop new tools for success.

To address these goals, three concurrent strategies are being employed:

  1. To address the organizational management for Distance Education, an active Distance Education Advisory Committee was formed; a Faculty Course Review Sub-committee was created, and we are planning to form the Distance Education Course Outline of Record (COR) Addendum Sub-committee under the Curriculum Committee. Each committee plays an integral role in supporting Distance Education for all students.
  1. The second strategy is completed. Compton College became the 57th California community college to join the California Virtual College Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI) Consortium in order to receive the subsidized free resources from the chancellor's office to improve the quality of online education.
  1. The third strategy is the implementation of the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) Plan, which was constructed through the IEPI grant team that visited the college. This plan identifies $200,000 in resources earmarked for measurable outcomes and objectives to improve Distance Education. These objectives include hiring a full-time Learning Management Systems Specialist, establishing a Distance Education Computer Lab and bringing faculty up to date with the latest required training regarding current federal and state accessibility standards for online education. Distance Education has offered on-campus professional development for faculty and student services; adopted the Online Education Initiative Rubric; taken steps to become a Local Peer Online Course Review College through the CVC-OEI, and implemented resources to offer online counseling.

Compton College is in the process of installing Smart Measure/Quest for Success, which is an online orientation readiness assessment inclusive of remedial tutorial material helping students understand what online education is and how to be more successful in taking their first online course. Distance Education will continue to train faculty members on and provide state-sponsored professional development opportunities on campus. In addition, the Curriculum Committee will review the Distance Education COR Addendum and practices during the spring 2020 semester.

Special thanks to Jasmine Phillips, Distance Education Faculty Coordinator and the Distance Education Advisory Committee for their outstanding work this semester.

Transition Update

The Compton College Transition Committee will continue to meet through June 30, 2020, to ensure and monitor all items cited in the Partnership Transition Plan have been fully implemented. The next Compton College Transition Committee meeting is scheduled for January 7, 2020 in the Compton College Board Room. We will continue with the implementation of the Compton College Ellucian Banner Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. The updated implementation timeline is available here. Finally, Compton College has begun the conversation with Ellucian regarding additional professional services to assist with the Compton College Banner ERP implementation for six months during the 2020 academic year. The expenses for these additional professional services will be paid by Ellucian. 

Academic Program Maps Process

One of Compton College's 2018-2019 priorities was the development and implementation of program maps for each academic program at Compton College. The academic program maps were developed but not implemented. I was concerned with how accurate the academic program maps were and how they were reviewed and approved. The development of the academic program maps should be a thoughtful and coordinated effort between faculty, counselors, deans, and division chairs. It is not a task to be taken lightly or hastily checked off. Especially since many prospective students will be relying on the academic program maps when deciding their major and which institution to attend. Furthermore, the academic program maps are key to the 'Connection' and 'Progress' areas of the Tartar Completion by Design framework, specifically outreach, college catalog, and the schedule of classes. As part of Guided Pathways, Compton College is committed to clarifying the path for its students, including presenting the information in a way that is easy to consume, relevant to the users' needs, and makes the educational programs section of the catalog more student-friendly.

The newly developed Academic Program Maps Process and timeline are available online.

Fact Book Highlight

This month the Compton College 2017-2018 Fact Book highlight is: Transfer Destinations (pp. 36-37).

In 2017-18, 642 Compton College students transferred to a four-year university, which is higher than the institution set standard of 278. The most popular CSU destinations were Dominguez Hills and Long Beach with 202 and 126 transfers, respectively. The most popular University of California transfer destinations for Compton students were UCLA and UC Irvine. In 2017-18, there were 42 Compton students who transferred to an in-state private institution, while 50 students transferred to an out-of-state institution.

2020 Compton College New Employee Welcome Receptions

The Office of Human Resources will be implementing new "Employee Welcome Receptions" beginning this winter. The receptions are scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Art Gallery (L-SSC, first floor) on the following dates:

  • January 21, 2020
  • April 21, 2020
  • August 18, 2020
  • October 2020

All Compton College faculty, staff and managers are invited to attend. This is an opportunity to meet new employees after they have been Board approved.

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.

Student Office Hours

My 2020 "Student Office Hours" will be on the following dates in the quad at 1:00 p.m.

  • March 19, 2020
  • April 30, 2020
  • May 28, 2020

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:

  • February 25, 2020
  • April 21, 2020

Have a relaxing and happy holiday season and winter break. I sincerely appreciate everything each of you does to make every student a success story!

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