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President/CEO Message

August 13, 2020

Campus Community,

Nine days before the fall 2020 semester begins - let the marathon begin! This morning, Academic Senate President, Dr. Minodora Moldoveanu, and I participated in a conference call with representatives from the Lumina Foundation. During the conference call, we discussed our progress as an institution, and we spent a considerable amount of time discussing our Compton College 2024 documents. I am looking forward to future conversations with the Lumina Foundation about Compton College. The President/CEO Message - August 13, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update
On August 12, 2020, California reported 7,085 new cases of COVID-19. The state now has a total of 593,141 positive cases. There has been a total of 10,808 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 August 17-21, 2020, is posted online here. The schedule will be updated every Thursday for the following week as employees continue to return to campus gradually.

Employee COVID-19 Testing Protocols
Essential Employees and Career and Technical Education (CTE) faculty and Classified staff scheduled to work on campus were sent an email from the Vice President of Human Resources, Rachelle Sasser, on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, outlining the District's plans for continued COVID-19 testing. Effective August 14, 2020, all employees working on campus (including essential employees and CTE faculty/staff) will be required to be tested for COVID-19 at least once per month until further notice. Please check your @compton.edu email for additional information.

Enrollment Update
As of today, August 13, 2020, Compton College has generated 1,174 Full-Time Equivalent Students for fall 2020. Our fill rate is at 40%, and our seats filled is 7,592. Click here for the current fall 2020 Enrollment Snapshot. Please encourage students and prospective students to enroll in the fall 2020 classes.

Fall 2020 Student Resources Available
Current students will receive an email Monday, August 17, 2020, via their @compton.edu accounts regarding available Fall 2020 Student Resources, including laptops, wi-fi hotspots, free meals, and financial resources. All emails to students are available online on the Student Information and Communications webpage.

Virtual New Student Welcome Day
A virtual New Student Welcome Day is scheduled for Wednesday, August 19, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to noon via Zoom Meeting. The annual event will provide an opportunity for new students to connect with the Compton College community, and:

  • Meet Compton College President/CEO, Dr. Keith Curry and Associated Student Body President, Queen Juarez-Ward
  • Learn about the campus from faculty, counselors, Classified staff, and students
  • Connect with the Tartar Success Team that will help them succeed in their educational journey
  • Participate in workshops about transferring, selecting majors and careers, tools for success, and Career and Technical Education

New Student Welcome Day is open to all students; no reservation required. Click here to join the Zoom meeting on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.

Final Thoughts
Each year during the Fall Professional Development Days, I share with the campus communities my priorities for the year. Below are my eleven priorities for the 2020-2021 year:

  1. COVID-19 - ensure faculty, staff, and students are in a safe and healthy environment.
  2. Monitor the implementation of the recommendations/activities outlined in the Compton College 2024 documents.
  3. Reestablish the Foundation for Compton CCD.
  4. Succession Planning - focus on improving Compton College and Compton CCD policies and procedures.
  5. The development of the Compton College Response to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Call to Action.
  6. Be more accessible to Compton College faculty, Classified staff, administrators/supervisors, students, and the community.
  7. Continue to follow-up on all recommendations and requests.
  8. Support Professional Development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.
  9. Monitor the implementation of the Collaborative Governance Document.
  10. Monitor the state and Compton CCD Budget.
  11. Submit a request to the Department of Finance to protect Compton College Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES) through 2028-2029.

Today, I participated in two webinars, and the first was the San Diego Mesa College Convention, which was titled "Addressing Racial Inequality: Our Focus on Anti-Blackness." During my talk, I mentioned that "I am a better leader when I am uncomfortable." During the 2020-2021 year, we will be having some difficult conversations at Compton College on Compton College 2024, racism, faculty and staff diversity, student completion, and enrollment. During these conversations, we will be uncomfortable. However, being uncomfortable will make us a better organization.

The second webinar I participated in was the COLEGAS Webinar on the importance of Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Latinx Solidarity. I spoke about the importance of solidary regarding the Black and Latinx community, and I made the following statement "Who said we can't?" - as it relates to making the necessary changes in higher education in support of student success. As we move forward as an organization, we must continue to improve Compton College for our students, and if that means we need to advocate and change these "artificial constraints," then we must do so now. We have an opportunity in the next four years to make Compton College a better institution for our students.  Now is the time to take advantage of that opportunity.

In closing, it is truly an honor to serve as your President/CEO!


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

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