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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO


The fall 2018 semester is well under way, we have recently achieved some historical milestones, and mid-term classes begin on October 20. One area of focus continues to be on enrollment management and there are a number of dual enrollment strategies that have been implemented this semester.

Another area of focus is the significant amount of work ahead of us related to Compton College's to transition from El Camino College. We will need the contributions of all faculty and staff to complete this work in a short time period. The next El Camino College/Compton College Transition committee meeting is scheduled for November 6, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. in the Compton College Boardroom.

As we continue campus improvement and facilities upgrades, Compton College held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Weight Room Renovation project on October 16, 2018. The weight room renovation included installation of new rubber flooring, new interior paint, an LED lighting upgrade, new mirrors, a chilled water fountain with reusable water bottle filler, a security camera system and new weight room equipment.

Enrollment Management Update

As of September 24, 2018, Compton College has achieved 2,148 FTES for fall 2018, with a goal of 2,372 FTES. This year, Compton College has increased the number of dual enrollment courses offered at local high schools through Afternoon College courses, Early College courses at the Compton Early College High School, as well as through AB 288 College courses at Compton Unified School District high schools. We are monitoring the fall 8-week session that begins on October 20, 2018.

The revised Compton College 2013-2018 FTES Projections and Actuals is available online. Compton College will continue to implement strategies cited in the 2015-2018 Compton College Enrollment Management Plan. Work continues on the Compton College Enrollment Management Plan for 2019-2022, which will be linked to the Institution-Set Standards and the Foundation for California Community Colleges Vision for Success report. We have set December 14, 2018 as the deadline to complete the 2019-2022 Compton College Enrollment Management Plan.

Compton College held its 5th Annual High School Principals' Breakfast on October 11, 2018. Representatives from local feeder high schools attended the event, which included information about Compton College's Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, and the Tartar Completion by Design Framework (see story below). Each high school principal was provided with their High School Report Card data, followed by a group discussion about the implementation of the College Promise Program with Compton, Lynwood, and Paramount unified school districts.

Tartar Completion by Design Framework

Compton College is adopting the Tartar Completion by Design Framework to analyze and evaluate Compton College students' progression through their education. Using this framework, we are evaluating how students Access, Enter, Progress, Complete, and Transition (into a four-year university or the workforce) from Compton College. While there are many components to students' journeys, the first consideration is remediation and its relationship to completion. A recent review of the Compton College Student Success Scorecard indicates that Compton College is primed to implement Assembly Bill -705 Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012: matriculation: assessment to change the landscape of basic skills at Compton College. Currently, four out of five students entering Compton College are assessed as needing basic skills instruction in math and English (84%). Meanwhile, more four out of five students taking basic skills math do not make it out of remediation (in three years, 85%) and only two out of five students taking basic skills writing make it through college-level coursework in English (62%). This lack of progress though basic skills limits students' ability to ultimately complete college degrees or easily transfer to a four-year university. In the context of the new funding formula, Assembly Bill 705, and to do what is right for students' success, Compton College must focus on improving student progress through basic skills. This year, Compton College is planning for the implementation of Assembly Bill 705 in fall 2019.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Grants

Last summer, the University of California, Irvine, Compton Unified School District, and Compton College submitted the Compton Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Grant Proposal; and California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), Compton Unified School District, and Compton College submitted the CSUDH GEAR UP Grant Proposal. Last week, we were informed the Compton GEAR UP Grant Proposal was awarded $5,440,000 over seven years and the CSUDH GEAR UP was award $4,291,072 over seven years. The funding period for both grants began on October 1, 2018.

The Compton GEAR UP will begin its intensive work at Davis, Bunche, Enterprise, and Willowbrook middle schools in the Compton Unified School District. Compton GEAR UP will start by creating a cohort of 1,000 sixth- and seventh-grade students and will continue to serve 1,000 students as they transition into Compton and Centennial high schools, and on to post-secondary education.

The CSUDH GEAR UP will begin at Roosevelt and Whaley middle schools in the Compton Unified School District. CSUDH GEAR UP will start by creating a cohort of 800 sixth- and seventh-grade students and will continue to serve 800 students as they transition into Dominguez High School, and on to post-secondary education.

GEAR UP provides funding to partnerships for services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. This is a historical accomplishment for the partnership work happening in the City of Compton between Compton College, the Compton Unified School District, California State University, Dominguez Hills, and the University of California, Irvine.

Planning and Budget Calendar for 2019-2020

The revised Planning and Budget Calendar for 2019-2020 is available online: http://www.compton.edudocs/Planning-and-Budget-Calendar-2019-2020.pdf

Please familiarize yourself with the activities coming up for November 2018 through summer 2019.

Paramount Unified School District Cosmetology Partnership

During the past few months, Compton College and the Compton Community College District have worked with the Paramount Unified School District on a partnership to offer cosmetology courses at Paramount Adult School. Through this partnership, Compton College will offer the Year 1 Cosmetology Program at Paramount Adult School beginning with the spring 2019 semester.

Real #114: Housing and Food Insecurities Conference

Compton College will host the "Real #114 Housing and Food Insecurities" conference on December 7, 2018. The conference will focus on housing and food insecurities for college students throughout the country and in the communities we serve, and explore how faculty can support students and provide the basic necessities they need to be successful. Discussions at the conference will address the following questions:

  • What is the profile of our student community?
  • What are students struggling with?
  • How does the struggle impact students and create barriers to their educational success?

Other topics for discussion will include enrollment changes based on a shift in demographics, retaining students who have pressing economic needs, and serving students adequately when the college itself has limited resources.

The event is free for Compton College faculty and staff. Other California Community Colleges will have the opportunity to bring a team of up to five individuals to Real #114 Conference at a cost of $600 per team. Registration for the Real #114 Conference is available here. The keynote speaker is Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor of higher education policy and sociology at Temple University and founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. The Real #114 Conference promises to be an incubator of local, regional, and statewide strategies to support students in need at our campuses.

Ten Faculty Members Achieve Tenure

From left, Sonia Lopez, CCCD Board of Trustees vice president; Stephanie Atkinson-Alston, Compton College vice president of academic affairs; Faculty members: Gerson Valle, Pamela Richardson, Dr. Malinni Roeun, Vanessa Madrid, Judith Crozier, Rajinder Sidhu; Amber Gills, Academic Senate president; and Keith Curry, Compton College president/CEO. Not pictured: Dr. Valerie Woodward, Dr. Kent Schwitkis, Dr. Jesse Mills, and Dr. Sevana Khodagholian.

On September 26, 2018, Compton College recognized the following faculty members who achieved tenure:

    • Judith Crozier
    • Dr. Sevana Khodagholian
    • Vanessa Madrid
    • Dr. Jesse Mills
    • Pamela Richardson
    • Dr. Malinni Roeun
    • Dr. Kent Schwitkis
    • Rajinder Sidhu
    • Gerson Valle
    • Dr. Valerie Woodward

Attaining tenure reflects the excellence of an organization and it creates a path for faculty to influence and shape the institution. The contributions of these faculty members is essential to Compton College's mission of offering a welcoming environment where the diversity of our students is supported and essential, as they pursue and attain academic and professional excellence.

"Being tenured entails a certain quality and responsibility to the community of students that Compton College serves," said Judy Crozier, Compton College English instructor. "I appreciate that my work was evaluated by peers, my dean, and my department chair and found to be of merit, which overwhelms me with gratitude because it allows me to continue working for my students that I love and respect."

Art Instructor Vanessa Madrid shares similar feelings about this achievement, "Tenure means the college recognizes my efforts, success and commitment to Compton College by making a commitment to me. It tells me there is a place for me here, that the Art program is valued, and my colleagues and supervisors appreciate my contribution to the College."

Compton College looks forward to this group of faculty's input on campus committees, curriculum development, and on initiatives designed to improve student outcomes. We thank them for choosing Compton College and for joining a team that challenges our students to learn and grow, while also providing guidance and assistance during their academic journey. The contributions of these 10 faculty members has helped make Compton College the outstanding learning environment it is today.

LGBTQ+ Campus Workgroup

In our efforts to serve the needs of all Compton College students and employees, we are establishing a new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning+ (LGBTQ+) campus workgroup. Please note, that this will be a continued and evolving effort, and we welcome all of your support, ideas, and contributions as a campus community. We are asking for faculty, staff, administrative, and student participation on the campus workgroup. The purpose of the workgroup is to foster a culture of respect and inclusion, identify resources, and increase support for the campus LGBTQ+ community. There are many possible deliverables for the workgroup.

For those who are interested in participating in the LGBTQ+ campus workgroup, please contact Connie Morales, Instructional and Interpreter Services Supervisor, Special Resource Center at cmorales@compton.edu or 310-900-1600 ext. 2409. We look forward to working with all of you in support of Compton College students and employees.

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.

     November 14, 2018
     February 20, 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 2017-2018 Schedule:

      • November 20, 2018
      • February 26, 2019
      • April 23, 2019

This is an exciting time at Compton College! Let's continue our collective efforts to support every students' success story.

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