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President/CEO Message

September 24, 2020

Campus Community,

As mentioned in the President/CEO Message - August 27, 2020, we set a goal of making a decision regarding the spring 2021 semester by Friday, September 25, 2020. And the decision has been made. Compton College spring 2021 classes will be online. However, some classes, including essential workforce training, cosmetology, chemistry, and intercollegiate athletics programs, may be provided in-person if approved by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. As we prepare for spring 2021, Compton College will continue to review and monitor the State of California's Four-Tiered Risk Assessment System, the California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Institutions of Higher Education, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Guidelines for Institutions of Higher Education.

The spring 2021 semester decision provides the vice presidents, deans, and division chairs with additional time to finalize the schedule of classes, which will be available online by Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Spring 2021 registration begins on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. As a reminder, our campus is telecommuting until further notice. More information on the winter and spring 2021 classes will be provided in future President/CEO Messages. The President/CEO Message - September 24, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update

On September 22, 2020, there were 3,146 newly recorded confirmed cases. Numbers do not represent true day-over-day change as these results include cases from before yesterday. The state now has a total of 787,470  positive cases. There has been a total of 15,204 deaths in the state. For more information, go to www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019. Compton College continues to operate at Level Four - Severe Infection Rate, according to the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan.

Essential Employees Work Schedule

The Essential Employees Work Schedule for September 28 - October 3, 2020, is posted online here. The schedule will be updated every Thursday for the following week as employees continue to return to campus gradually.

Eight Compton College Faculty Members Achieve Tenure

On September 23, 2020, Compton College recognized the following faculty members who achieved tenure:

  • Emma Adams, D.V.M.
  • Eckko Blake, M.A.
  • Hassan Elfarissi, M.S.
  • Stephen Ellis, B.S.
  • Minodora Moldoveanu, Ed.D.
  • Sean Moore, B.S.
  • Ayesha Sirajuddin, Ph.D.
  • Juan Tavarez, M.A.

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 are 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.

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 eight faculty members have helped make Compton College the excellent learning environment it is today.

Click here to view a recording of the virtual Tenure Reception that took place via Zoom.

Enrollment Update

As of today, September 24, 2020, Compton College has generated 1,401 Full-Time Equivalent Students for fall 2020. Our fill rate is at 57%, and our seats filled is 9,611. Click here for the current fall 2020 Enrollment Snapshot. Mid-term classes begin Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Student Communications

On September 22, 2020, students were sent a message via their @compton.edu email regarding vacant 2020-2021 Associated Student Body offices and how to apply for the positions. Last week, on September 19, 2020, current students were also sent an email from the Admissions & Records Office asking for individuals to confirm their major. Students also received an invitation to participate in an online Media Preferences survey via an email sent today, September 24, 2020. All emails sent to Compton College students are available online on the Student Communications & Information webpage.

Compton College Facilities Update

As a follow-up to my meeting with the English Faculty on March 4, 2020, we are moving forward with a recommendation to the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees for a Construction Change Order for Instructional Building #1. The scope of work for the Instructional Building #1 Change Order includes installing a write-on surface on all exposed walls in the classrooms and computer labs. Most importantly, the write-on surfaces will be magnetic and projectable and will consist of a bottom rail to hold markers and erasers. The total cost for the Instructional Building #1 Change Order is $101,804.20.

In the 2021-2022 year, Compton College will hold three ribbon-cutting ceremonies. Below are the scheduled completion dates for the following construction projects:

  • Instructional Building #1 - February 1, 2021
  • Instructional Building # 2 - September 1, 2021
  • Student Services Building - December 16, 2021

Please click on this link to see the progress on Compton College construction projects.

Compton College News Releases

Designed for an off-campus audience, a news release shares newsworthy information about Compton College or District news and events with area media outlets. Created by the Office of Community Relations, news releases are part of the college's overall marketing strategy and often tie into national trends, facilitate student recruitment, or highlight student achievement. No commercial advertising, political or religious information can be used in the news release. Please submit news release ideas to Heather Parnock, Director of Community Relations, at hparnock@compton.edu. All Compton College and District news releases are available online here. Additionally, media coverage is also available online here.

Compton College Virtual Tartar Talks

The next virtual Tartar Talks is on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom Meeting. During the virtual Tartar Talks, we will provide campuswide updates, including Accreditation, Tartar Success Teams, COVID-19, and Enrollment. The next virtual Tartar Talk Zoom Meeting information is available here.

Final Thoughts

At the virtual Tartar Talks on September 22, 2020, we posed virtual questions to the participants, and below are the survey results:

How often do you read the President/CEO Message?

  • Every Monday - 8 (10%)
  • Every Thursday - 9 (11%)
  • Both Monday and Thursday - 60 (75%)
  • Never - 3 (4%)

Is the Information from the President/CEO Message Useful? 

  • Yes - 61 (72%)
  • No - 0
  • Sometimes - 24 (28%)
  • Never - 0

Do you have a clear understanding of Guided Pathways?

  • Yes - 82 (79%)
  • No - 15 (14%)
  • Don't know - 7 (7%)

Have you read the Compton College 2024 documents, including the Education, Facilities, Technology, Human Resources Staffing, and Enrollment Management Plans?

  • Yes - 21 (18%)
  • No - 28 (24%)
  • Parts - 62 (53%)
  • Too much to read - 7 (6%)

Are you concerned about California State Economy?

  • Yes - 91 (90%) 
  • No - 4 (4%)
  • Don't know - 6 (6%)

Are you concerned about the fiscal health of the Compton CCD?

  • Yes - 82 (78%)
  • No - 15 (14%)
  • Don't know - 8 (7%)

I want to thank everyone who attended the last virtual Tartar Talks, and a copy of my presentation is available here.  I truly understand your concerns about the California State Economy and the fiscal health of Compton CCD. We will continue to provide timely budget updates to the campus community. Finally, throughout this semester, I will be including most of my announcements/updates to the campus community via the President/CEO Message, which is emailed to all employees every Monday and Thursday. Previous President/CEO Messages are available online here.


Keith Curry, Ed.D.
(preferred pronouns: he/him/his)
Compton College

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