Message from the Provost/CEO
This past fall, I hosted a campuswide meeting to share the 2015-16 Overarching Priorities for El Camino College Compton Center and the Compton Community College District. Each identified priority links directly to the 2015-2020 El Camino College Strategic Initiatives.
This Provost Message outlines the 2015-16 Overarching Priorities and the action items for achieving these strategic goals.
1. Increase Student Enrollment by Five Percent
For the 2015-16 fiscal year, ECC Compton Center will be funded for 5,216 Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES), which is approximately 800 FTES below our funded FTES for the previous year. This represents a $3.7 million reduction in FTES funding for the 2015-16 year. However, the District has received additional one-time funding from the State of California which will mitigate the reduction in FTES funding for the 2015-16 year only.
As our No. 1 priority, it is important for all of us to understand that the responsibility for maintaining as well as increasing enrollment rests with each one of us. We must all take ownership for managing FTES and do everything in our power to encourage enrollment of new students, as well do our jobs to retain current students. Working from the 2015-18 Enrollment Management Plan, actions for increasing enrollment include: the introduction of new CTE programs including cosmetology in fall 2016 and a fire academy in 2016-17; a partnership with the local adult education consortium to create a seamless route between adult education, college and careers; adding more opportunities for concurrent enrollment; and hiring two new counselors and five faculty in the areas of English, cosmetology, Spanish, speech communication, and anatomy.
2. Support El Camino College Compton Center Accreditation
Following the March 2015 Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges approval of the Application for Accreditation Eligibility for the Compton Center, work is underway on the initial Self-Evaluation for Candidacy. The first draft of the Self-Evaluation Report is due in March 2016. The Accreditation Self-Evaluation Team meets one Friday per month. Support and participation by faculty and staff from both Compton Center and El Camino College is essential as we proceed with the self-evaluation process. It is especially helpful to have participants on the standard committees who have recently participated in the self-evaluation process for El Camino College. If you are interested in participating on a self-evaluation standards committee, please contact Amber Gillis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Ensure Coordination of Student Success Activities and Support the ECC Compton Center Institutional Effectiveness Outcomes
The three-term persistence rate for the 2013-14 academic year was 46.8 percent. Our goal moving forward is to increase that number to 49.4 percent by 2019-20. According to the ECC Compton Center 2014 High School Report Card, a significant percentage of students from our feeder high schools place below transfer level in reading, writing, and math. We have an opportunity to support these students through enhanced programs and services at the Student Success Center. With a focus on student success, we can move the needle on student persistence, and improve student retention in the third semester. Working with students to complete an Educational Plan is another way to improve persistence. It can be as simple as asking students you interact with on a daily basis if they have an Educational Plan; if they don't - encourage them to see a counselor to start the process.
4. Develop and Enhance Partnerships
This is an exciting time in terms of leveraging partnerships to further student success and provide needed services to our community. ECC Compton Center and the Compton Unified School District have partnered to establish a new Compton Early College High School, which opened this fall with 120 students. Plans are moving forward to establish a partnership where the Compton Community College District will provide the land area to establish a health care clinic, and Molina Medical Management, Inc. will provide the facility and oversee the ongoing operations of the clinic. The new student health care clinic is scheduled to open sometime this coming fall.
In January 2016, ECC Compton Center established a partnership with nonprofit Operation HOPE to offer services to the Compton Center students. Through the partnership, Compton Center's Financial Aid Department will now provide financial literacy education and planning services, including credit counseling and money management workshops. Operation HOPE was founded by John Hope Bryant, an alumnus of the former Compton College.
5. Continue to Implement the Planning and Budget Process
The 2015-16 state budget provides increased funding to community colleges. The budget allocates a Cost of Living Adjustment increase of 1.02 percent. Funds will be allocated to hire more full-time faculty. ECC Compton Center is eligible to receive $380,000 to hire five new faculty members.
The 2015-16 Final Budget was developed to achieve 5,860 FTES. The El Camino College Compton Center will offer 1,500 course sections to meet that FTES target. The Final Budget includes a transfer of $200,000 from the Unrestricted General Fund to the line of credit fund for expenses from the 2009-2010 fiscal year. After this transfer, the total amount due to the line of credit is $1,400,000. This is the third in a series of yearly transfers to the line of credit fund.
The Final Budget includes the following expenses to address the CCCD's long-term liabilities, increasing the Other Post-Employment Benefits payment to $750,000, establishing a State Teachers' Retirement (STRS)/Public Employees' Retirement (PERS) fund and transfer $500,000 to address our future STRS/PERS obligations, and increasing the line of credit repayment to $1,500,000.
More information on the 2016-17 Governor's Budget proposal will be included in the next edition of the Provost Message.
6. Improve Facilities to Support Student Learning and Success
The CCCD continues to move forward with new construction projects and renovations as outlined in the Facilities Master Plan thanks to funds from Measure CC and Measure C supported by voters in 2002 and 2014, respectively. Projects recently completed or in progress include:
- Renovated Football/Soccer Field & Track: completed in September 2015.
- Technology Infrastructure Project: infrastructure upgrades, security, cabling, equipment and campuswide WiFi access for students. Completed in September 2015.
- Allied Health Building: completed in January 2016. Grand Opening was held on January 26, 2016.
- Instructional Building 1: A $17.7 million project now in the planning stages to replace the current "Row Buildings."
- Swing Space: This project will create temporary instructional buildings to be located in the current practice football/soccer field area during construction of Instructional Building 1. This project will also include the new facility for the cosmetology program. We are currently reviewing the total budget for this project. Our goal is for the cosmetology facility to be completed by August 1, 2016 and the temporary instructional classrooms be completed sometime in the fall semester.
- Music Building North Wing Renovation: estimated completion is spring 2017.
- Public Safety Facility: A $3.3 future headquarters for the campus police to be constructed in the current Foster Care Building location.
7. Enhance Communication with Students, Employees and Community
Commencing with this message, I will reinstate my monthly e-newsletter to all CCCD employees. Campuswide updates will also be scheduled each quarter. Ongoing communications include: The Messenger, the online monthly newsletter; the newly redesigned and mobile-friendly Compton Center website; and the use of both my personal and Compton Center's social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) to share campuswide events, student spotlights and news on a daily basis. Additionally, campus committee members are encouraged to get in the practice of regularly sharing information from each meeting with their respective constituents.
Please mark your calendar, for the "Tartar Talks", which is our new name for our quarterly campuswide updates. The first one is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge.
8. Support Professional Development Opportunities
We continue to look for more ways to provide professional development opportunities for CCCD employees. Lieutenant Box is helping to coordinate Emergency Management Training for employees so the campus community can be better prepared to respond in the event of crisis/emergency situations. Keenan SafeColleges online training modules covering: Title IX and Sexual Misconduct, Clery Act, Campus SaVE Act for Employees - Sexual Violence Awareness, and Active Shooter will be made available this spring. This training is mandatory for all CCCD employees.
I look forward to working with each and every one of you to achieve or exceed our strategic initiatives for ECC Compton Center! By working together, we will continue to build on the success we have established at the Compton Center.
As always, my Open Door is on Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Please feel free to meet with me if you have any questions, concerns or stories of success to share.