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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO


Happy New Year! I wish you and the dedicated employees of the Compton Community College District a joyous and healthy new year.

We have some informational events coming up to kick off the new year.

Compton College Spring 2020 Professional Development Days

We will begin the spring 2020 semester with our two Professional Development Days on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 (optional for full-time and part-time faculty), and Thursday, February 13, 2020 (mandatory for full-time faculty), at Compton College.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, Professional Development Day will begin with continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the Student Lounge, and the general session will start at 9:00 a.m. in the Little Theater. All Compton College faculty are welcome to attend the general session and the other scheduled activities offered by the Compton College Academic Senate. Wednesday's activities will conclude at noon.

Thursday, February 13, 2020, Professional Development Day activities will begin with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the Student Lounge, and the general session will start at 9:00 a.m. in the Little Theater. All Compton College full-time faculty and staff are expected to attend the general session at 9:00 a.m. Leah Hollis, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Morgan State University, will serve as our keynote speaker. Lunch will be provided to all Compton College employees in the Student Lounge patio area. Thursday's Professional Development Day activities for full-time faculty and staff will conclude at 4:00 p.m.

Both Compton College Spring 2020 Professional Development Days agendas are available online at www.compton.edu/facultystaff/professional-development/.

Community Meeting scheduled for Feb. 5 at the Compton Library

And, The Compton Community College District (CCCD) will hold a Community Meeting on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Compton Library, located at 240 Compton Boulevard, Compton, CA 90220. Community members, students and parents are encouraged to attend. CCCD Board of Trustees Vice President Dr. Sharoni Denise Little will host the meeting and topics to be covered include facilities planning, enrollment at Compton College, and community participation in governance opportunities. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. This meeting provides community members with an opportunity to learn more about Compton College and participate in a discussion with Dr. Little.

The 2020 spring semester kicks off in a few weeks, and online registration is currently in progress. Compton College's spring semester begins February 18, 2020. Students may register online at www.compton.edu by clicking on MyCompton. The online schedule of classes for spring 2020 is available at www.compton.edu/studentservices/admissionandrecords/ClassSchedule.aspx.

Spring 2020 Year-End Activities

If you would like me to speak at your upcoming event, please be sure to complete an "Event Participation Request Form" and submit it to the President/CEO Office at least four weeks in advance. This will assist in the planning process.

Enrollment Management: Every FTES Counts!

January 31, 2020 Enrollment Info
Spring 2020 enrollment numbers as of January 31, 2020.

Over the past several years, enrollment at Compton College has been declining. For the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the Compton College Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES) goal is 5,980. However, with the implementation of the Student-Centered Funding Formula, pg. 82-83 and the transition from El Camino Community College District, Compton College is being held harmless for decreasing FTES. The college's funding for the 2019-2020 year will be at 5,980 FTES amount plus the cost-of-living adjustment identified in the annual Budget Act or adjusted for increases to FTES if achieved.

As of Friday, January 31, 2020, Compton College has generated 1,368 FTES for spring 2020. Our fill rate is at 52%, and our seats filled is 8,668. Compton College has updated its Five -Year FTES projections and we are working on the development of the 2024 Compton College Enrollment Management Plan, which will be linked to our Institution-Set Standards and Goals and the California Community Colleges Vision for Success report.

The Enrollment Management Committee (EMC) has submitted its initial draft of the 2024 Enrollment Management Plan (EMP) to Gensler for review and final formatting. It is the intent of the District that the 2024 Enrollment Management Plan reflects the Compton College 2024 Comprehensive Master Plan, Staffing Plan, and Technology Plan.

The 2024 EMP attempts to approach enrollment management by aligning to the Tartar Completion by Design framework, incorporating the new California Community Colleges' student-centered funding formula, "Vision for Success" goals, and Guided Pathways.

The 2024 EMP attempts to uphold the same mission as was established in the previous Compton College Enrollment Management Plan, "to create a responsive, flexible, educationally sound, research approach to enrollment management that will protect Compton College and its educational programs not only during periods when state and local funding mechanisms and demographic trends are supporting enrollment growth but also during periods when they are discouraging growth."

The goal is to present the Enrollment Management Plan to the Board of Trustees for approval this spring semester.

Compton College Enrollment Services Department Reorganization
Over the past year, I have been reviewing the structure of our Enrollment Services Department as it relates to the implementation of Guided Pathways and the Oliver W. Conner College Promise Program. Over the last year, Compton College hired an Outreach and College Promise Coordinator, two Student Services Advisors to support outreach activities. In the coming weeks, we will be hiring 3 Dual Enrollment Specialist. The Dual Enrollment Specialist positions will be funded by grants from the College Futures Foundation, the Pritzker Foster Care Initiative Grant; and a contract with Compton Unified School District.  The contract with Compton Unified School District will be on the February 18, 2020 board agenda for review and recommended approval. These three positions will be assigned to Compton Unified School, Lynwood Unified School, and Paramount Unified School Districts to assist with Dual Enrollment Services.

At the February 18, 2020, board meeting I am recommending changes to the Director of Enrollment Services job descriptions and a title change to the Director of Educational Partnerships.  The Dean of Counseling and Guided Pathways will now have administrative oversight of the Transfer Center. The Senior Administrative Assistant position assigned to Enrollment Services will be moved to the Counseling Department and will report directly to the Dean of Counseling and Guided Pathways. The Program Technician position in the Counseling Department will move to Enrollment Services and will report to the Director of Enrollment Services.  Finally, the reorganization is changing the Enrollment Services department name to Educational Partnerships.

The overall goal is to increase enrollment at Compton College and to ensure we are creating and sustaining our partnerships with our local school districts.

2020-2021 State Budget Update
On Friday, January 10, 2020, Governor Gavin Newson released his 2020-2021 California State Budget Proposal, which contains funding for the Compton College Physical Education Complex and pool.

The Compton College Physical Education Complex will be a new construction project that includes the demolition of the current gymnasium, men's shower/locker room, classroom V, pool service, pool, and women's shower/locker room buildings; and the construction of a new gymnasium, men's and women's locker room, faculty office space, and physical education support space. The new construction cost is $46,037,000; $23,326,000 from the state of California, and $22,711,000 from Compton Community College District Measure C Facilities Bond.

This is exciting news and Compton Community College District will continue to work with our state legislatures, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, and the California Department of Finance, to ensure the Compton College Physical Education Complex and pool is included in the final signed 2020-2021 California State Budget in June 2020.

2020-2021 Annual Planning Process Update
Compton College is initiating a new annual planning roll-up process to ensure all recommendations from the program plans (e.g., disciplines) to the unit plans (e.g., departments) are reviewed by multiple stakeholders. These stakeholders are ranking recommendations via an online survey to provide input to the Unit or Area plan. In addition, the college is implementing a new Feedback Report so that stakeholders know when a recommendation is prioritized or abandoned and a justification for these decisions. The Planning Process document is available online and the document details the progress made to date on these new processes for the 2020-2021 planning cycle.

Compton College Accreditation Update
Compton College is implementing the items cited in the plans section of the ECC Compton Center Self-Evaluation Report and the recommendations for improvement cited in the External Evaluation Report. The status of the plans section and recommendations for improvement are documented in the attached Compton College Institutional Self-Evaluation Action Items document. We are also working on implementing the projects associated with the Compton College Quality Focus Essay-Special Report that was submitted to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) on November 22, 2017. We have updated the Quality Focus Essay Action Items document. The Commission acted to accept the Quality Focus Essay-Special Report at its meeting on January 10-12, 2018.

Last spring, we updated the Accreditation and the Process Forward, which is Compton College's Transition Planning Document; included in the document are a list of accomplishments and the accreditation and transition planning moving forward. The goal is to follow this timeline for submitting the Mid-Term Report to the ACCJC prior to the March 15, 2021 deadline. Lauren Sosenko, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, is the Compton College Accreditation Liaison Officer with ACCJC, and Amber Gillis is the Compton College Accreditation Faculty Coordinator.

The Compton College Accreditation Steering Committee met on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. to review and update our Self-Evaluation Action Items. The Compton College Accreditation Steering Committee meetings scheduled for the spring semester are February 26, 2020, April 22, 2020, and June 3, 2020, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Compton College Transition Update
The Compton College Transition Committee will continue to meet through June 30, 2020, to monitor and ensure all items cited in the updated Partnership Transition Plan have been fully implemented. The next Compton College Transition Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at 2:30 p.m. in the Compton College Boardroom.

We will continue with the implementation of the Compton College Ellucian Banner Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. Ellucian will be providing additional professional services to assist with the Compton College Banner ERP implementation for six months during the 2020 year. The expenses for these additional professional services will be paid by Ellucian. We anticipate the additional services will begin the first week of February 2020. The onsite technical support from Ellucian in the following areas:  Degree Works, Admission & Records, Financial Aid, Business Services, and Information Technology Services. Ellucian will send consultants to provide post-implementation ERP support services. Compton College staff identified the list of areas where we need support from Ellucian.

2019-2020 Compton College Goals
Compton College drafted the 2019-2020 academic year goals in March 2019. These overarching goals are aligned with the California Community Colleges Vision for Success, and they helped leadership select priorities for the coming year. These goals also are designed to help the college realize the Compton College 2024 plan and Institutional Set Goals by 2021-2022. The Compton College 2019-2020 Goals are available online.

Compton College 2024 Comprehensive Master Plan Highlight
The Compton Community College District Board of Trustees approved its new Compton College 2024 Comprehensive Master Plan on June 16, 2019. We wanted to describe how the college is emphasizing teaching and learning with new resources identified through the Professional Development Faculty Liaisons and the proposed application to Achieving the Dream for coaching and networking support.

Compton College will recruit six Professional Development Faculty Liaisons to provide on-going professional development support to Compton College faculty within an assigned Guided Pathway Division. These liaisons will work to ensure that faculty participate in professional development that increases faculty knowledge and skills to improve student learning and completion at Compton College. This position will help define a professional development emphasis that will empower Compton College faculty to participate in the implementation of the Guided Pathway Divisions and the Tartar Completion by Design framework. The Professional Development Faculty Liaison will work with faculty to identify and coordinate professional development opportunities.

Compton College also will submit an application to join the 2020 cohort of Achieving the Dream colleges. Achieving the Dream provides personalized coaching and networking support in areas of need, which we have specifically identified as teaching and learning at Compton College. Achieving the Dream will provide expert faculty professional development opportunities that will be identified and coordinated by the new Professional Development Faculty Liaisons.

Tartar Support Network:  Student Housing Insecurity Update
The Tartar Support Network, formed in 2016 by a group of faculty, managers, and staff, opened the Tartar Food Pantry in fall 2017 and has seen demand for food pantry services expand rapidly. The food pantry had more than 700 visits during the fall 2019 semester. In addition to providing food and hygiene items, along with limited school supplies, the Tartar Support Network is involved in the planning for building on-campus housing. Members have participated in design workshops and held a student forum. Additionally, the Network has reached out to community partners to assist students with housing needs and has endeavored to gather current and viable resources to provide emergency housing.

Through the California Community College Chancellor's Office, the Homeless and Housing Insecure Pilot Program will provide $500,000 in funding annually over a three-year period. Funding will help the college expand its efforts to provide housing for those in immediate need, known as rapid re-housing. Community partners Jovenes, Inc. and the Coalition for Responsible Community Develo9pment support Compton College's application and will be a part of the team to build capacity at the college to combat homelessness and housing insecurity.

Funding will be used to connect students with community partners to access resources, establish ongoing emergency housing procedures, including on- and off-campus resources; and providing emergency grants needed for a student to secure housing or prevent imminent loss of housing. The grant will also support the hiring of staff to coordinate services for students.

Partnership with Everytable for Healthy Meal Delivery
Everytable, Inc. and Compton College have entered into a partnership to provide healthy meals for students taking evening classes when the Tartar Pantry is not accessible. This partnership launched in fall 2019 with a lunch giveaway of 200 Everytable meals for students during finals week.

The delivery of meals for the winter term 2020 began on January 13. Meals are being delivered three times per work, 30 meals with each delivery, and given away at the Allied Health Building and the Math/Science Building. Delivery days are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and distributed to students at the designated locations starting at 4:00 p.m.

Delivery days/times and locations for the spring semester 2020 will be adjusted to provide evening students with greater access to free food resources. In addition to meal delivery, Compton College has reached an agreement with vending contractor First Class Vending to allow Everytable to install one of its 'smart' fridges that will make healthy, reasonably priced meals available on campus through a vending system. The goal is to have this Everytable smart fridge installed by sometime in the spring 2020 semester, and it will be located near the Student Lounge.

Nursing Program Update
Compton College continues to work closely with the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), in the implementation of the activities designed to support our Nursing program to complete the following:

  1. Outstanding items related to the transition from El Camino College
  2. The implementation of the Concept-Based Program for our Nursing Program
  3. Seek Board Approval for the Assistant Director of Nursing job description
  4. Develop a robust Professional Development Plan for full-time and part-time nursing faculty
  5. Improve the Compton College Nursing Program Graduates performance on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX)

Each month, Compton College participates in conference calls with the BRN about the Compton College nursing program. The Compton College Nursing Program Report for January 2020 is available online.

Updated CCCD Legislative Advocacy Handbook
In 2019, Compton Community College District developed the Legislative Advocacy Handbook to assist the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, and students with advocacy on behalf of the District. The Legislative Advocacy Handbook has been updated for the 2020 year and now includes, in Appendix 1, the Compton College 2020 Legislative Meeting Talking Points. The updated Legislative Advocacy Handbook is available online.

AB 705 Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012
The AB-705 Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012: matriculation: assessment is a bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown on October 13, 2017, that took effect on January 1, 2018. AB 705 requires that a community college district or college maximize the probability that a student will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and math within a one-year timeframe and use, in the placement of students into English and math courses, one or more of the following: high school coursework, high school grades, and high school grade point average. The AB 705 Implementation Update for Compton College is available online.

Compton College Statement of Civility and Mutual Respect
At the December 10, 2019, Compton Community College District Board of Trustees meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the Compton College Statement of Civility & Mutual Respect. Also, the Compton College Statement of Civility & Mutual Respect was approved by the Compton College Academic Senate at their December 5, 2019, meeting. The Compton College Statement of Civility & Mutual Respect is available here. Special thanks to the members of the Consultative Council for developing the Compton College Statement of Civility & Mutual Respect.

I ask that you join me in ensuring that we remain a dynamic, respectful campus community that upholds our core values, and everyone is respected.

President/CEO "Open Hour"
As always, I welcome you to visit my office during my regular "Open Hour" on Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 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:
February 25, 2020
April 21, 2020
September 22, 2020
November 24, 2020
February 23, 2021
April 20, 2021

As we begin the new calendar year, let us all continue to be inspired in our daily work by the words: "Every Student is a Success Story."

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