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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO


Welcome to the spring 2019 semester! In-person registration assistance continues through February 22, which is last day for students to add classes. There are also classes available for mid-term. 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. Students should check www.compton.edu for specific hours, as certain offices may have varied schedules. With Enrollment Management and student success in mind, let's do all we can to assist students this semester!

As we continue campus improvements, preparations for demolition of some of the Row Buildings and construction of the new Instructional Buildings 1 and 2 have begun. Construction fencing was installed at the north end of campus in late January. Pedestrian access, parking and traffic will be impacted through January 2021. Please view the Construction webpage for access information and a map.

A groundbreaking ceremony for Instructional Building 1 is scheduled for April 16, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. prior to the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees Meeting.

El Camino College/Compton College Transition

The next meeting of the El Camino College/Compton College Transition Committee is scheduled for March 5, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in the Compton College Boardroom. Progress continues on the updated Partnership Transition Plan, our internal planning document for the transition.

The Compton College CCCApply Online Application opened on Friday, February 1, 2019, and the Compton College Ellucian Banner Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system went live on Thursday, January 10, 2019. These are two major achievements for Compton College staff. Thank you to all who have worked tirelessly to make this happen. The updated Compton College Ellucian Banner ERP system implementation timeline is available here.

A Transition Celebration is scheduled for May 30, 2019 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Tartar Gymnasium. Compton College and El Camino College cordially invite faculty and staff to celebrate the partnership that "kept the doors open" and led to Compton College's independence as a fully-accredited college. There will be live entertainment and refreshments. Please RSVP for the celebration here.

For more information on the El Camino College/Compton College Transition, please visit our transition webpage at www.compton.edu/compton114.

Compton College Enrollment Management

Compton College Enrollment Management

As of February 21, 2019, Compton College has generated 1,913 Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES) for the spring 2019 semester, our fill rate is 65% and our seats filled is 11,984. Compton College's enrollment goal for the spring 2019 semester is 2,114 FTES. Compton College will continue to monitor its Five -Year FTES projections and continue the development of the 2019-2022 Compton College Enrollment Management Plan, which will be linked to our Institution-Set Standards and the Foundation for California Community Colleges Vision for Success report. We plan to have the 2019-2022 Compton College Enrollment Management Plan completed sometime in 2019.

The Census reporting period is February 25- March 4, 2019. Active Enrollment must be filed by March 6, 2019.

Update on Compton College Hiring

On February 11, 2019, Compton College began the recruitment process for the following new faculty positions for the 2019-2020 year:

  • Counselor/Articulation Officer
  • Automotive Technology (roll-over from the 2018-2019 year)
  • English as a Second Language
  • EOPS/CARE Guided Pathways Counselor
  • Guided Pathways Counselor (5 positions)
  • Nursing (2 positions)
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Special Resource Center Counselor/Guided Pathways Counselors (2 positions)

Compton College will host an on-campus Job Fair on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for faculty and counselor positions. More information on the Compton College Job Fair is available here. In addition, Compton College is working with the Partnership with USC Center for Urban Education and the USC Race and Equity Center to address faculty and staff diversity at Compton College.

Compton College Planning and Alignment with the California Community College Chancellor's Office Vision for Success

The California Community College Chancellor's Office has required that all California Community Colleges align their major planning documents and outcomes to the Foundation for California Community Colleges Vision for Success report by May 31, 2019. The Chancellor's Office also announced that it wants to more closely link planning and budgeting decisions at the local level, and established requirements for Community College Districts through the new Student-Centered Funding Formula legislation.

Compton College is working with consultants from Gensler Architects to complete updates to the 2017 Comprehensive Master Plan (including the Educational and Facilities Plans), 2017 Human Resources Staffing Plan, 2017 Technology Master Plan, and the Program Review Handbook. These plans will be presented to the Compton District Board of Trustees at its May 21, 2019 Board meeting for approval.

GEAR UP STEAM Engagement Conference

Gear Up ConferenceOn February 15, 2019, the Compton Unified School District, UCI, CSUDH and Compton College hosted a day-long STEAM Engagement Conference on campus for nearly 1,600 CUSD sixth- and seventh-grade students from 10 local middle schools.

Compton College is involved in a partnership that was awarded GEAR Up grants to benefit Compton Unified School District students right here in our own city. This great opportunity to partner with the University of California, Irvine and California State University, Dominguez Hills for the next 7 years, will help strengthen the college-going culture in Compton and improve access to higher education.

Thank you to all of the Compton College faculty and staff members who contributed to the success of this event; your work is greatly appreciated! We look forward to all doing our part to make the GEAR UP program a success.

Proposal for Revised Compton College Mission Statement

The Core Planning Team has proposed a revision to Compton College's Mission statement within the context of the new Student-Centered Funding Formula. The proposed mission statement reads:

"Compton College is a welcoming environment where the diversity of our students is supported to pursue and attain academic success. Compton College promotes solutions to challenges, utilizes the latest techniques for preparing the workforce and provides clear pathways for transfer and completion."

The current Compton College mission statement may be viewed online here.

The proposal for the revised mission statement will be presented to the Planning and Budget Committee and the Consultative Council for feedback, and then to the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees for approval at the next Board meeting. Please forward any feedback to Lauren Sosenko, Director of Research and Planning at lsosenko@compton.edu.

Spring 2019 Professional Development Days

Compton College hosted the spring 2019 semester Professional Development Days on February 6-7, 2019. Day One focused on the implementation of the Guided Pathways at Compton College. The State of the College presentation from Day One is available here.

We are gathering all the information from the small group discussions and will be planning next steps as it relates to the implementation of Guided Pathways at the next Consultative Council meeting on Monday, February 25, 2019. Please note, we truly appreciate faculty and staff feedback and recommendations, and we will communicate the next steps as we move forward with the implementation of Guided Pathways at Compton College.

Day Two included presentations from Dr. Larry Galizio, President/CEO of the Community College League of California; Dr. Raul Rodriguez, Chancellor of Rancho Santiago Community College District; and Dr. John Stanskas, President, Academic Senate, California Community Colleges on Participatory Governance. A copy of the presentation is available here. Also on Day Two, we announced the creation and implementation of the Compton College "Making Decisions" document. The development timeline for the "Making Decisions" document is available here.

For those interested in participating on the writing team for the Compton College "Making Decisions" document, please send an email to Paula VanBrown, Executive Assistant to the President/CEO at pvanbrown@compton.edu, by Monday, February 25, 2019. The first meeting of the writing team will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., in the Staff Lounge, breakfast will be provided, and FLEX Credit will be provided to faculty members who participate.

2019 Legislative Meetings

Last month I attended the Community College League of California's Annual Legislative Conference in Sacramento. Compton Community College District Board of Trustees members Deborah LeBlanc, Andres Ramos and Sharoni Little attended the League's Effective Trusteeship and Board Chair Workshops. We then met with members of the State Legislature to advocate for Compton College.

Last week, I traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the 2019 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) National Legislative Summit with CCCD Board members Andres Ramos and Barbara Calhoun. After the summit, Ramos and I had the opportunity to meet with our congressional and senate representatives and provide an update on Compton College and ask what we could do to support their current work related to education.

While in D.C., I had a chance to stop by the American Association of Community Colleges office in Washington D.C. and speak with Martha Parham, Senior Vice President of Public Relations. During a podcast, I provided an update on the work being done at Compton College focusing on student success and how advocating for community colleges is a national effort. I stressed the importance of having a real conversation with your state and federal representatives.

The podcast is available online here.

Black History Month Celebration

Black History MonthThe Associated Student Body and the Office of Student life are hosting a variety of cultural and educational events in February for Black History Month. The upcoming events include a showing of the feature film "Black Panther" on February 28 at 12:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, and a Book Fair March 12-14 in the Student Lounge.


Students' Authorization and Consent to Release Educational Records

Current Compton College students were sent an email on January 18, 2019 asking them to submit an online Release Form allowing El Camino College to transfer educational and student records to the Admissions and Records Office at Compton College. The release form will allow El Camino College to transfer our students' records directly to Compton College without requesting a transcript.

It is imperative that students submit this form as soon as possible. The second transfer of records will take place on February 11, 2019. The students' records will be uploaded into our new Banner Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System. By submitting the Release Form, students will officially be students of Compton College and will receive registration appointments for summer 2019 and fall 2019 through Banner.

The form is available online here, and paper forms are available in the Admissions and Records Office at both Compton College and El Camino College. If a student has already submitted the request form, they do not need to do anything else at this time.

Student questions may be directed to the Compton College Admissions and Records Office or via email to admissions@compton.edu.

Thank you for your assistance in urging students to complete the form online or in-person. The January 2019 Tartar Message sent to students is available online here.

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.

New President/CEO Student Office Hours

My new "Student Office Hours" will be on the following dates in the quad at 12:00-1:00 p.m.

     February 22, 2019
     March 13, 2019
     April 17, 2019
     May 15, 2019

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 2019 Schedule:

  • February 26, 2019
  • April 23, 2019

This is an extremely important time for the Compton Community College District and Compton College as we still have much to do to complete the transition from the El Camino Community College District and operate as an independent accredited college by June 7, 2019. Together, we will work hard this semester for a smooth transition, and never lose sight of our guiding motivation: Every Student is a Success story!

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