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President/CEO Message

September 10, 2020

Campus Community,

This is my second attempt to complete my President/CEO Message - September 10, 2020. I did not save the first draft and had to rewrite the message completely. Rewriting anything, especially when you were nearly finished, is very frustrating, so it is essential we save documents that we are working on.  

During the 2020-2021 year, I want to encourage you to review the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees Meeting Agendas. Each month, the information section of the board agenda includes the Board of Trustees Goals, updates on programs and services, District financial reports, and information on the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee. The current and previous board agendas are available online at https://www.boarddocs.com/ca/compton/Board.nsf; click "Enter Public Site." The President/CEO Message - September 10, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update

On September 9, 2020, there were 3,338 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 742,865 positive cases. There has been a total of 13,978 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 14-19, 2020, is posted online here. The schedule will be updated every Thursday for the following week as employees continue to return to campus gradually.

Fall Graduation Application Now Available

The deadline has been extended to Friday, October 30, 2020, for students to submit their Fall 2020 Graduation Application online at here.

To be considered and accepted as a candidate for graduation, the following criteria must be met:

  • Minimum GPA for the degree must be met
  • Degree requirements must be satisfied, completed, or in progress
  • Submit all official transcripts to the Admissions & Records Office
  • AS-T and AA-T graduation petitions must be signed by a Compton College counselor

Graduation requirements for the 2020-21 academic year are available in the course catalog available for purchase online from the Bookstore for $5.00 (https://www.bkstr.com/efollettstore), or a PDF is available online here. For more information about the graduation application, visit the Graduation webpage here.

Fall 2020 President/CEO Virtual Student Forums

Three virtual student forums have been scheduled for the fall 2020 semester. Compton College students are invited to meet with me virtually via Zoom Meeting to discuss matters affecting them personally or the College community at large. Virtual forums are scheduled for September 24, 2020, October 29, 2020, and December 3, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Compton College Virtual Tartar Talks

I will host our next virtual Tartar Talks on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom Meeting. During the virtual Tartar Talks, we will provide campuswide updates, including the 2020-2021 Compton CCD Final Budget, Accreditation, Guided Pathways, and COVID-19. The virtual Tartar Talk Zoom Meeting information is available here

Professional Development Task Force Recommendations

Last spring, we established the Professional Development Task Force. The Professional Development Task Force was charged in an advisory capacity to address how we can improve our Professional Development organizational structure to foster the professional development goals outlined in the 2020-2021 Compton College Goals and the Compton College 2024 Comprehensive Master Plan. On June 29, 2020, the task force submitted their recommendations, which are available here. Below are my responses to the recommendations:

  • I accepted the task force's recommendation to change the name of the Institutional Standing Committee, currently named the Professional Development Committee, to the Professional Learning and Engagement Committee.
  • The District will continue to support the Academic Senate Faculty Development Committee; as such regularly, the Compton College Professional Development Manager will attend the Academic Senate Faculty Development Committee meeting. The Academic Senate Professional Development Committee will make recommendations to the Academic Senate and the Professional Learning and Engagement Committee.
  • I accepted the task force's recommendation to establish a Faculty Professional Development Coordinator position. However, the faculty position would have 20% reassigned time rather than 40% reassigned time, as requested by the task force. For the 2020-2021 year, Student Equity and Achievement will fund this position.
  • I accepted the task force's recommendation to establish a Classified Development Committee and a Management Development Committee that would forward recommendations and suggestions for professional development to the Professional Learning and Engagement Committee.

I want to thank the task force for their recommendations, and I have asked the task force to assist in reviewing our process for approving employee's professional development requests for funding, and the process for faculty FLEX reporting. In a future President/CEO Message, I will provide an update on the implementation of the above recommendations. 

Tartar Focused and Directed Pathways to Completion Committee (Guided Pathways)

Yesterday, September 9, 2020, I had the opportunity to attend the Tartar Focused and Directed Pathways to Completion Committee (Guided Pathways) meeting. During this meeting, I made the following commitments in support of our Guided Pathways Implementation:

  • Beginning in the 2021-2022 year and after that, the District will provide $50,000 from the unrestricted fund to support the Tartar Success Teams. Each Tartar Success Team will receive $10,000 to support student success activities. During the 2020-2021 year, through Guided Pathways funding, each Tartar Success Team will receive $10,000. 
  • Approved $80,000 to support the immediate redesign of the Compton College website. Heather Parnock, Director of Community Relations, working with the web task force, will oversee the 9- to 12-month website redesign process. 
  • We will examine our planning process, so in the future, the Tartar Success Teams for each Guided Pathway Division will be able to prepare a program plan and make an annual funding request. 
  • Ensure the Inaugural Compton College Tartar Success Team Institute Follow-Items that were included in the President/CEO Message - August 2019 are implemented. Since August 2019, many of the activities have been realized, and I will provide updates to the campus community as we carry out the remaining activities.
  • Also, during the meeting, I was informed that we would be providing $50,000 from Guided Pathways to support our design teams. Finally, I want to encourage you to review the Tartar Focused and Directed Pathways to Completion Committee (Guided Pathways) meeting agenda and minutes, which are available here

African American Male Education Network Development (A2MEND) Anti-Racism National Dialogue 

On Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., the African American Male Education Network Development (A2MEND) organization will be moderating a nationwide discussion titled "Reform or Dismantle? Beyond Diagnosing Racism!" Panelists include Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, and Dr. Joy DeGruy. Compton CCD will provide financial support for 200 employees (including faculty, Classified staff, managers/administrators) and students. If you are interested in participating or wish your students to participate in this national discussion, please contact Pilar Huffman, Professional Development Manager at phuffman@compton.edu. This is a first-come and first-serve opportunity, so please contact Pilar Huffman as soon as possible to RSVP.

Final Thoughts

As part of the Collaborative Governance process, I want to encourage you to visit the Compton College Campus Committee webpage to review committee meeting agendas and minutes. In closing, I wanted to share with the campus community that I was able to improve on my Zoom Meeting scheduling. I was able to average five Zoom Meetings per day this week. I hope that next week, I can continue to improve on the average number of Zoom Meetings.


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

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