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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

February 2018

Welcome to the spring 2018 semester! In-person registration assistance for the spring semester is in progress and students may add classes through February 23. Most Student Services offices have extended hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 10. Please note that the Bursar's Office and Assessment Center's hours are shorter, so students should check the www.compton.edu for specific office hours.

Compton College has some exciting events planned during the spring semester including the Cash for College Fair on Feb. 17; a series of cultural and educational events in observance of Black History Month during the month of February; the spring Authors@Compton series with the first presentation on Feb 28; and the Student Leadership Conference coming up in April.

Accreditation Update

At its January 10-12 meeting, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges reviewed and accepted the Compton College Quality Focus Essay - Special Report. The ACCJC action letter dated January 26, 2018, is available here. We are now focused on completing the next step, which is submitting a substantive change proposal to the ACCJC requesting the Compton Community College District assume authority over Compton College. Our goal is to submit the substantive change proposal to the ACCJC by August 1, 2018. The Compton College substantive change proposal timeline is available here.

The accreditation Midterm Report for Compton College is due to the ACCJC by March 15, 2021, and the next comprehensive review will occur in spring 2024. This spring, we will begin the planning for the Compton College Midterm Report with an Accreditation Standards Co-Chairs meeting in March. If you are interested in serving on an Accreditation Standards Committee, please contact Amber Gillis, Accreditation Faculty Chair, via email at agillis@elcamino.edu.

Achieving accreditation was not easy, and together we continue to make history. As Compton College moves forward, it is important to remain focused on student success. Thank you to everyone for your involvement in the process to accreditation. I am proud of all our accomplishments, and it is a tremendous honor to serve as your President and CEO.

Spring Enrollment - Every FTES Counts!

Enrollment to Date: Resident Students

21 days until census 2017/SP
Current Goal Current away
from goal
Sections 651 614 633 (19)
Seats Filled 13,491 12,007 - -
Sections Fill Rate 62% 58% 78% -20%
Projected FTES 2,011 1,837 2,221 (384)

As of Feb. 6, 2018 and with only 21 days until census, Compton College has generated 1,837 FTES, our fill rate is 58%, and seats filled is 12,007. Enrollment management is everyone's responsibility and we need to continue doing everything we can to reach our spring goal of 2,221 FTES.

Compton College/El Camino College Transition

For the past several months, Compton College has been working with Strata Information Group on the Request for Proposals (RFP) process for a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System/Student Information System (SIS). The ERP System/SIS are needed for student information/registration, Human Resources, and for all related financial items. The purchase of the ERP System/SIS is a key component that Compton College must implement before we can separate from El Camino College in the summer of 2019.

After receiving stakeholder feedback and much consideration, I made the recommendation to the Compton Community College District (CCCD) Board of Trustees at a special meeting on January 3, to purchase the Ellucian Banner ERP System/SIS. The cost of purchasing the Ellucian Banner ERP System/SIS is considerably higher over a ten-year period than Campus Management system. However, Ellucian has worked with other California community colleges, and the company is familiar with the California Community College Chancellor's Office reporting requirements, which was a major factor in the final decision. The 2017-2018 California State Budget included $11.3 million in funding to the CCCD to support Compton College's transition to an accredited institution under the authority of the CCCD Board of Trustees. Included in the funding, was $4.1 million for the purchase of a new ERP system/SIS for Compton College. In addition, $1 million was included in the 2017-18 CCCD budget for the new ERP/SIS system.

Finally, Compton College will utilize the Los Angeles County Office of Education PeopleSoft system for its purchasing, accounts payable, and budget needs. Thank you to all the Compton College employees who participated in the ERP System/SIS selection process.

Molina Medical Management, Inc. Donation to College Promise

Molina Medical Management, Inc. will make a donation of $295,000 to the Foundation for Compton Community College District to support the Compton College Promise program to benefit students from the Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount Unified School Districts. The Compton Promise will begin in fall 2018, and we anticipate the Lynwood and Paramount Promise programs will begin in fall 2019.

Through the Compton College Promise program, high school graduates who attend Compton College full- time (12 units) after graduation will have enrollment fees waived for the first year. The one-year of "free college" includes the fall semester, winter term, spring semester and summer term at Compton College. The first students eligible to participate in this program are the Compton Unified School District class of 2018 students who graduate and enroll at Compton College in fall of the same year.

Update on Compton College Hiring

During winter, Compton College began the recruitment process for the following new faculty positions for the 2018-2019 year:

  • American Sign Language
  • Automotive Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • English
  • Kinesiology/Physical Education
  • Librarian
  • Mathematics

2015-16 Measure CC General Obligation Bond Fund Financial and Performance Audits Report

The Compton Community College District's Measure CC General Obligation Bond Fund Financial and Performance Audits were recently completed by third-party auditors, Clifton Larson Allen, LLP. In accordance with Proposition 39, the following is a summary of the results from the Measure CC Bond Fund Financial Audit:

  • As of June 30, 2017, Compton District had an available fund balance of $11 million and for the 2016-2017 fiscal year had total revenues of $209,945.
  • During the 2016-17 fiscal year, the Compton District had a total of $6.2 million of expenditures.
  • No deficiencies in internal controls over financial reporting were identified in the Bond Financial Audit Report.
  • No instances of noncompliance were identified under Government Audit Standards in the Bond Financial Audit Report.

First Annual Retirees Luncheon

Compton College will host its inaugural Retirees Luncheon by invitation on March 20, from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. in the Staff Lounge. It's a tradition that we hope to carry on for years to come in recognition of retiring faculty and staff's dedication to higher education and years of service to the Compton Community College District and Compton College.

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.

Tartar Talks 2017-2018 Schedule:

  • February 27, 2018 - Little Theater
  • April 24, 2018 - Little Theater

The spring semester is an exciting time, fueling the culmination of the academic year that ends with awards celebrations and the annual Commencement Ceremony. It's an important time in every student's college journey. Let's do all we can this semester to ensure Every Student is a Success Story!

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