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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

JUNE 2018

As the 2017-18 academic year comes to a close, I would like to thank all of you for your hard work and dedication to student success at Compton College! We get to celebrate that success at the annual Commencement Ceremony and each year, the number of students earning associate degrees increases. Congratulations to the 716 students who have met the requirements to graduate with an associate degree. In addition, 185 certificates will be awarded. It takes a collaborative effort with everyone making contributions to achieve desired outcomes, and you all helped make the June 7 Inaugural Commencement Ceremony at Compton College a success!

It has been a long year, marked with both milestones and difficult decisions, but I believe we all share the important and common goal of facilitating student success. As we move into the next chapter, let's remain focused on our mission and the vital next steps to achieve a fully independent college under the governing authority of the Compton District. This month, El Camino Community College District and the Compton District will submit our substantive change proposal to the Accrediting Commission requesting the Compton District assume authority over Compton College. We anticipate completing Compton College transition from under the governing authority of El Camino Community College District to the Compton District on June 7, 2019.

During the 2018-19 year, we must remain focused on completing the transition, and implementing the following Compton College 2024 goals:

  • 6,400 Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES)
  • Implement the Compton College Promise program with Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount Unified School Districts by fall 2019
  • Improve overall student completion rates by 2022-23
  • Implement the Tartar Focused & Directed Pathways to Completion (Guided Pathways) by fall 2019
  • Compton College wins an Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence by 2024

I am proud of our many accomplishments during the 2017-18 academic year, and it is a tremendous honor to serve as your President and CEO.

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Data Feedback Report 2017

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Data Feedback Report 2017 was published in May 2018 and includes Compton College data from the 2015-16 academic year, as well as some information from the fall 2017 semester. Some of this data (e.g., graduation rates and persistence rates) is based on cohorts that date back to the fall 2012 semester. The report compares Compton College's institutional data to a group of colleges based on similarities in size, location and type. For example, institutions in Compton College's comparison group include nearby Cerritos College and Los Angeles Southwest College; as well as Merritt College in Oakland, California, and Baltimore City College in Maryland, because these are all relatively small community colleges in urban locations that serve the same underrepresented groups as Compton. (Please note this report compares institutional data to a group median rather than a group average. The median is just the middle number in an ordered group, and it is not based on calculating the group's information altogether.)

The ethnic and gender distribution of Compton College's student body is similar to the comparison group, although Compton has a larger proportion of Hispanic/Latino students (10 percentage points higher than the group's median). The majority of Compton College students are female (64%), which is close to the comparison group's median (63%). Compton is smaller (in terms of headcount and FTES) than most colleges in the comparison group, so full-time and part-time enrollment data is also lower than the median. Because IPEDS reports these as counts rather than percentages, it is not clear if Compton has a proportionally lower enrollment. For example: Compton awarded fewer degrees than the group's median, but it has reduced this gap each year for the past three years and has already met the program award goals set locally in its Strategic Plan. Compton College does grant financial aid to a slightly lower proportion of students, but the amount of financial aid received by students is slightly higher than the comparison group's median.

As of the 2017 report, Compton College has addressed a previous deficiency regarding its graduation rate in comparison to the group's median. Compton College now reports the same overall graduation rate as the comparison group's median (16%). However, we encourage reviewing the Compton College Fact Book for more reliable and detailed interpretations of completion outcomes. New measures included in the 2017 report examine student completion through a longer six-year period of enrollment. Students whose first college enrollment occurs at Compton receive awards at a rate slightly lower than the group median (16% versus 21%), but students who have transferred to Compton College from another institution receive awards at a slightly higher rate (20% versus 18%). However, both groups of students transfer and enroll at other institutions at a rate several percentage points higher than the group median. Nevertheless, we will work with the Institutional Research Office, Compton College Faculty Council, Enrollment Management Committee, and Student Success Committee to develop a plan to improve Compton College's transfer and completion rates.

Compton Community College District Community Forum

The Compton District Board of Trustees will host a community forum on Saturday, July 14, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., in the Student Lounge. The community forum will cover the following topics:

  • Accreditation Update
  • Facilities Progress
  • Academic Affairs Update
  • Classes Available
  • Compton College Promise Agreements
  • Career Training
  • Annual Fact Book Information
  • Scholarship Opportunities


Accreditation Update

The Compton College Substantive Change Proposal has been submitted to the El Camino College Board of Trustees for second reading and approval at their Monday, June 18, 2018 meeting; and will be included on the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday, June 19, 2018, board meeting agenda as an informational item. Our goal is to submit the Substantive Change Proposal to ACCJC before June 29, 2018. The Compton College Substantive Change Proposal is available here.

El Camino College/Compton College Transition

Compton College is in the process of implementing the Ellucian Banner ERP system. The implementation of Ellucian Banner ERP system has begun, and our goal is to have the Compton College Ellucian Banner ERP system fully implemented by spring 2019. Last month, we held our first general training for Compton College employees and training for Compton College Admissions and Records employees. The Compton College, Financial Aid Department, will have their training the week of June 18, 2018. The Compton College Ellucian Banner ERP system implementation timeline is available here. Compton College is implementing the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) PeopleSoft system for budget, requisitions, purchasing, and accounts payable. Our goal is to implement the PeopleSoft system for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2018. During the last week of May 2018, and the first week of June 2018, LACOE conducted PeopleSoft system training for Compton College employees.

Compton College has transitioned Administrators and staff to their compton.edu email addresses. Compton College faculty will transition to their compton.edu email addresses in April/May of 2019. The transition is associated with the Microsoft Office 365 implementation for Compton District.

The El Camino College/Compton College Transition Committee has been working together on implementing items cited in our Partnership Transition Plan document, which is our internal planning document for the El Camino College/Compton College Transition. The next El Camino College/Compton College Transition committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. in the Compton College Boardroom.

Enrollment Management: Every FTES Counts!

Over the past several years’ enrollment at Compton College has been declining. For the 2017-2018 fiscal year, Compton College Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES) goal is 6,060. To meet our enrollment goal, Compton College will have to borrow 797 FTES from summer 2018, and as of June 14, 2018, Compton College has achieved 575 FTES for summer 2018. The revised Compton College 2013-2018 FTES Projections and Actuals are available here. Compton College will continue to implement strategies cited in the 2015-2018 Compton College Enrollment Management Plan.

Spring 2018 Nursing Pinning Ceremony

On June 5, we celebrated the graduation of 36 Compton College nursing students at the spring 2018 Nursing Pinning Ceremony. Associate Professor in Nursing H. Frances Hayes-Cushenberry delivered an impassioned speech that I would like to share with you.

"Good Evening,
To the family members and friends of our graduates, distinguished guests in the audience and on the podium; and to our nursing faculty: This is the moment we have all been waiting for! To our graduates, I want to say: This is your moment in time. You're here; you have arrived! SO WHAT!

I'm here to tell you that your work has just begun!

According to the American Nurses Association, upon graduating from the Nursing Program and passing the NCLEX, you will become leaders and managers in an elite organization within the healthcare society.

You must now understand your limitations no longer exist and your ambition will NOT be to save the world, but to demonstrate technologically sound knowledge and judgment, and render safe, competent and compassionate care to those you come in contact with. You, the Registered Nurse, are the bridge to life!

The paradigm in nursing is changing. You are now going to be in the position to act as catalysts to launch this new paradigm! Nursing will no longer be practiced solely in the hospital; community nursing is on the rise! And graduates, there's lots of work to do within this new model of nursing. You must be the voice for those who can't speak for themselves:

1) The homeless population and their increased need for healthcare due to issues of increased mortality rate and unintentional injuries, chronic pain, hunger and nutritional issues, skin and foot problems, dental problems, chronic health issues, including respiratory issues, and sexual reproductive issues, among other problems;

2) Mental illness, which is a medical and social services problem, however, police are often called to intervene, leading to ineffective and often tragic results.

3) Global health issues (cure for cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, new strains of influenza, meningitis, pneumococcal infections, malnutrition, measles and others on the rise);

4) Female rights, Roe v. Wade as it relates to reproductive rights, domestic violence issues, human trafficking and sex slavery;

5) Racial discrimination, which leads to health discrimination and health disparities;

6) Gender discrimination and (the LGBTQ community need your voice in promoting equity, advancing racial, economic and gender justice). Let's not forget about age discrimination. We're no longer called geriatrics, we're now the older adults (the younger older adult 65-74, the middle older adult 75-84, and the older-older adult 85 and above) and as life expectancy increases, this category will change. And you will play an integral role in this change by standing up and being a voice in the community!

The need for our product and services has never been more demanding than it is now. The world is wide open to all of you, and I feel assured that you are going to strive and continue to move forward in your nursing career. My colleagues and I will be listening and looking as you join the ranks of nursing in a crusade for caring and commitment. We are confident you will follow the Nightingale Pledge and make the right decision in everything you do!

Remember: In the presence of caring for others, make sure you take time out to care for yourself and be kind to one another!

Congratulations, good luck to you and may god bless. Thank you!"

2nd Annual Band Camp

The Compton College Music Program will host its 2nd Annual High School Marching Band Camp June 18-23, 2018 at Compton College. Band Camp participants will focus on learning the marching and musical performance styles of traditional bands in the southern part of the United States. Participating students will gain:

  • Instruction from Blake Gaines, band arranger from Southern University and Jackson State University.
  • Six hours of daily instruction.
  • Music and marching band fundamentals as well as drill chart reading.

Summer Four-Day Workweek

The four-day workweek for classified, confidential and administrative employees will begin Monday, June 18 through Thursday August 9. The first Friday off is June 22, and the last Friday off is August 10.

New Vacation Request Policy

The Compton Community College District is implementing the following policy regarding vacation requests. All vacation requests for the first two weeks of a semester/term and the week before the fall and spring semesters will not be approved. We need all staff, confidential, and administrative employees on campus during these periods.

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:

  • September 18
  • November 20

Again, thank you for a great 2017-18 academic year. Let's keep the momentum going for increased summer and fall enrollment and help ensure Every Student is a Success Story!

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