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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

September 2017

Welcome to the 2017-2018 academic year! With initial accreditation status granted for Compton College, there is significant progress being made at both the Compton Community College District (CCCD) and Compton College - and our hard work continues. We are pleased to welcome four full-time faculty members, who will all be introduced in the September issue of The Messenger.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held on August 15, for new Tartar Village. The $3.6 million Tartar Village provides temporary instructional buildings located in the practice football/soccer field area during construction of the all-new Instructional Building 1 (which will replace the current Row Buildings). This project also includes the new facility for the cosmetology program that opened last fall.

During the first two weeks of the fall semester, Compton College faculty and staff will be wearing maroon "Ask Me" buttons to let students know we're here to help them succeed! This is a great way to welcome students and help them transition into college life. Research shows that students are more likely to succeed when they feel like they matter and the first two weeks of classes are critical. Employees are encouraged to wear the magnetized buttons - and don't worry, you don't have to have all of the answers to participate. Most students simply need directions or help finding someone who has the info they need. The on-the-spot information lets students know we're invested in their success and helps them overcome the challenges of transitioning to a new learning environment.

Professional Development Day

The fall 2017 Professional Development Day for Compton College faculty and staff took place on August 25, beginning with the general session at 9 a.m. The featured keynote speaker was Dr. Thomas Bailey from Teachers College at Columbia University. Dr. Bailey is the director of Community College Research Center at Teachers College and co-author of "Redesigning America's Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student Success." The general session was followed by Professional Development Day workshops for faculty. Below are the links to the fall 2017 Professional Development Day Presentations:

President/CEO PowerPoint Presentation

Guided Pathways - What They Are and Where Are We Going (PDF)

Guided Pathways - Compton College August 25, 2017 ASCCC presentation (PDF)

Dr. Thomas Bailey PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

Single-User Restrooms

In compliance with AB 1732 - Single-User Restrooms, Compton College will convert all public single-user toilet facilities to all-gender toilet facilities. The single-user restrooms in the Allied Health Building and Tartar Village are now available to Compton College students and employees. Thank you to the Health, Safety, and Parking Committee for its research and recommendations on AB 1732.

Molina Student Health Center

The Molina Health Center opened to Compton College students on February 14, 2017, and is located in M4 near Campus Police and the Gymnasium. The Molina Health Center is open year-round on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Beginning in the fall 2017 semester, Compton College students will be assessed the $19 health services fee for the Molina Health Center. Also, Compton College is in the process of hiring a part-time clinical psychologist who will provide services to Compton College students in the Molina Health Center. It is very important we encourage Compton College students to take advantage of the Molina Health Center during the 2017-18 year. Please share this updated Molina Health Center flyer with students to help make them aware of the services offered at the student health center.

Accreditation Update

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) granted initial accreditation status to Compton College at its June 7 meeting. A timeline has been developed for submitting the Compton College Quality Focused Essay special report that is due to ACCJC by November 30, 2017. The following work is currently in progress related to accreditation:

  • Implementation of the items cited in the future plans from the ECC Compton Center Self-Evaluation Report section of our report.
  • Development of a timeline for implementing the improvement recommendations cited in the External Evaluation Report.
  • Preparation of an additional timeline for completion of the next and final step, which includes El Camino Community College District and the Compton Community College District submitting a substantive change proposal to ACCJC requesting the Compton District assume authority over Compton College. Submission of substantive change proposal to ACCJC is targeted for August 1, 2018.

El Camino College/Compton College Transition

We held the first El Camino College/Compton College Transition planning meeting on July 11. The planning meeting included employees from El Camino College and Compton College. During the planning meeting, we established the following transition subcommittees and identified co-chairs for each:

  • Financial Aid
  • Information Technology
  • Admissions and Records
  • Academic Affairs
  • Student Services
  • Business Services
  • Police Services
  • Communications

The first subcommittee co-chair meeting was held on August 1 and monthly meeting dates were established through June 2019. The subcommittee co-chairs are currently identifying additional committee members, and are establishing a list of major activities that need to be completed within their operational areas over the next two years. Once we have the major activities identified, we will finalize the Partnership Transition Plan document, which is an internal planning document for the El Camino College/Compton College transition.

The most important decision related to the transition that needs to be made immediately is the purchase of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for Compton College. We are currently in discussions with Ellucian regarding purchasing either the Banner or Datatel ERP system. The plan is to present a recommendation to the Compton District Board of Trustees at a special board meeting sometime in September/October 2017. The ERP system for Compton College was included in the Compton District Recovery Plan/Funding Request and funded by the 2017-18 California State Budget.

The 2017-18 California State Budget included $11.3 million dollars in funding to the Compton District to support Compton College's transition to an accredited institution under the authority of the Compton Community College District. Included in the funding, was $4.1 million for the purchase of a new ERP system for Compton College. We are working with the California Community College Chancellor's Office on the process for distribution of the $11.3 million to the Compton District, and we have submitted a request to the Los Angeles County Office of Education to establish a separate Compton District sub-fund for the $11.3 million.

2017-18 Compton District Final Budget Assumptions

The 2017-18 Compton District Final Budget Assumptions were developed to achieve 6,060 FTES.

The estimated local, state, and other revenue in the 2017-18 Compton District Budget Assumptions is $38,700,000. The 2017-18 Budget Assumptions include a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of 1.56%; filling ten faculty positions, five classified positions, and six management positions; future funding for the Fire Academy program at Compton College; future Compton College ERP cost; and the future cost associated with the Compton District Personnel Commission. Finally, the 2017-18 Compton District Final Budget Assumptions include the following expenses to address Compton District's long-term liabilities: Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) payment of $250,000; California Public Entity Pension Stabilization Fund State Teachers' Retirement (STRS)/Public Employees' Retirement (PERS) fund payment of $200,000 to address future STRS/PERS obligations; and the line of credit repayment of $1,181,841.

The 2017-18 Compton District Final Budget is available online.

Compton College Enrollment

During the past several years, enrollment at the Compton College has been on the decline. For the 2017-18 fiscal year, Compton College Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES) goal is 6,060. However, meeting this goal will be a challenge without borrowing FTES from summer 2018. We anticipate Compton College not meeting its enrollment projections for fall 2017. As stated, Compton College is in the last year of eligibility for FTES restoration funding. It is critical Compton College increase enrollment to maintain our base apportionment revenues at 6,060 FTES this fiscal year. This month, we revised the Compton College Five-Year FTES projections and the Compton College FTES Goals to Actuals report.

Compton College will continue the implementation of the 2015-2018 Compton College Enrollment Management Plan. Also, the following strategies have been implemented to increase enrollment at Compton College for fall 2017:

  • News releases regarding: fall registration, classes available.
  • Social media advertising - regarding classes added for fall 2017.
  • Emails and text messages to students who applied but have not registered for fall 2017.
  • Calling students on the waitlist for fall 2017 encouraging them to enroll for another class and to visit their waitlist class on the first day.
  • Extended Opportunity Program & Services/Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE), CalWORKs, and the Special Resource Center making phone calls to students who were enrolled in their programs last spring to remind them to enroll in classes for fall 2017.
  • Mailed the Community Newsletter to Compton Community College District residents.
  • Mailed the New Student Welcome Day Postcards to prospective students. New Student Welcome Day took place on August 23.
  • Mailed "It's Not Too Late" postcards to Compton Community College District residents.

College Promise

Compton College is moving forward with implementing "College Promise" agreements with Compton, Lynwood and Paramount Unified School Districts. The Compton Promise agreement was approved by the Compton Community College and El Camino Community College districts at their board meetings in August 2017. We anticipate the Lynwood and Paramount Promise Program agreements being approved sometime in fall 2017. The Compton Promise agreement includes the following benefits for Compton Unified School District (CUSD) students:

  • All CUSD high school graduates will receive Guaranteed Admission to Compton College.
  • All CUSD high school graduates who enroll in 12 units at Compton College will receive Free College Tuition during their first year of college (including fall, winter, spring and summer).
  • CUSD seniors will receive assistance with the Steps to Enrollment required for full-time enrollment at Compton College.
  • CUSD seniors will receive Priority Registration at Compton College before graduating from high school.
  • Participation in Student Support Programs such as the First Year Experience and Extended Opportunity Programs and Services for additional resources to successfully navigate through Compton College and beyond.
  • Assistance with the completion of a Financial Fit Plan to help CUSD graduates access all available Financial Aid to help pay for college.
  • Compton College will also provide Summer Bridge classes to CUSD high school graduates to assist with college level English and math placement.
  • Beginning in the sixth grade, Compton College will provide students and parents with Early College & Career Planning.
  • To help create a college-going culture, all CUSD middle school students/parents will be asked to sign the "To & Through College Pledge."

The Compton Promise will begin in fall 2018 and we anticipate Lynwood and Paramount Promise programs will begin in fall 2019.

Compton College Student Transportation/Parking

In anticipation of transportation and parking issues that may affect student enrollment during the 2017-18 academic year, Compton College has launched a series of strategies to help relieve transportation and parking challenges for students, faculty, staff, and the community:

  • Metro U-PASS: Compton College is collaborating with Los Angeles Metro to provide a reduced fare for Compton College students. The Metro U-Pass provides students with unlimited rides on all Metro Rail and Bus, GTrans, Long Beach Transit and Torrance Transit throughout the fall 2017 semester and winter 2018 term, as well as the beginning of spring 2018 semester. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units to qualify. The lower units requirement allows more part-time students to participate.
  • Rideshare Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations: Compton College has established three pick-up and drop-off locations for Uber and Lyft drivers on campus. Below are the pick-up and drop-off locations:
    • Parking Lot A
    • Parking Lot F
    • Administration Building (Flag Pole)

The campus map identifies these locations in purple:

  • Stacked Parking Service for fall 2017: To alleviate traffic due to the opening of the Tartar Village, Compton College will provide free Stacked Parking Service in Parking Lot A. Stacked parking will be available to students and staff August 28 through September 7, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information about alternative transportation and parking, go to:

Compton College Residential Transfer Enrichment Academy 2017

Compton College's Transfer Center collaborated with the University of California, Irvine's (UCI) Center for Educational Partnerships to provide a four-day Residential Transfer Enrichment Academy (RTEA). Thirty-one Compton College students participated in the RTEA program, which was held August 13-17, 2017at UCI. The goal of RTEA was to:

  • Increase the number of students who transfer and their awareness of the different major options.
  • Provide information about transfer admissions information and the different types of institutions of higher education available to Compton College students.

Compton College students participated in a UCI campus tour, presentations on UC and CSU admission requirements and financial aid, resume workshops and student panels. In addition, Compton College students are required to schedule appointments with a Compton College Transfer Center counselor to track transfer progress throughout the 2017-18 academic year. UCI's Center for Educational Partnerships provided residence hall accommodations, food and student transportation for Compton College students.

90 Years Providing Educational Services to the Community

We are officially celebrating 90 years of educational opportunities being provided to Compton Community College District residents. The first event is our Homecoming Festival and Car Show scheduled for Saturday, September 30, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please mark this event on your calendar. We will have live music, food trucks, vendors, and a kid zone. If your department or program is interested in having a table at this event, please contact the event coordinator, Yolanda Garcia at casitadelpueblo@msn.com. Special thanks to the 90th Anniversary Committee for organizing this event and the many other events that will occur throughout the 2017-18 academic year.

President/CEO Fall 2017 Reading

Last year, a few Compton CCD employees asked me what books I am reading, so I decided to periodically share, via this newsletter, my reading list. This fall I am reading the following books:

  • "Creating a Data-Informed Culture in Community Colleges- A New Model" by Brad C. Phillips and Jordan E. Horowitz
  • "Death of a Suburban Dream: Race and Schools in Compton California" by Emily E. Straus
  • "The Memo" by John Hope Bryant (scheduled for release on September 18, 2017)

Send your recommendations for my spring 2018 reading list to: kcurry@elcamino.edu.

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 Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Tartar Talks 2017-2018 Schedule:

  • September 19, 2017 - Little Theater
  • November 21, 2017 - Little Theater
  • February 27, 2018 - Little Theater
  • April 24, 2018 - Little Theater

Let's get this fall semester off on the right start by actively helping each student create his or her success story!

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