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Message from the Provost/CEO


This week, I hosted my quarterly "Tartar Talks" campuswide meeting in the newly renovated Little Theater, where I shared the following news and information about El Camino College Compton Center and the Compton Community College District.

Accreditation Update

The Compton Center External Evaluation Team visit is scheduled for Monday, March 6, 2017, through Thursday, March 9, 2017. We are currently working with the External Evaluation Team Chair on the scheduling team members' meetings with El Camino College and Compton Center employees. The Compton Center Self-Evaluation Report is available online at: www.compton.edu/campusinformation/accreditation/2017-report/

This past month we developed an Accreditation Summary Sheet 2017, which includes the Compton Center Vision, Mission, Values, Strategic Initiatives, and Institutional Learning Outcomes. Also, the ECC Compton Center Student Demographic Summary (2015-2016), Student Educational Goals - Fall 2016, ECC Compton Center Success Outcomes 2009-2010 Cohort, and the ECC Compton Center Institution-Set Standards are included on the Accreditation Summary Sheet 2017. The Accreditation Summary Sheet 2017 was provided to El Camino College and Compton Center Faculty at the spring 2017 Professional Development Day.

The Compton Center Accreditation Summary Sheet 2017 is available online at: www.compton.edu/campusinformation/accreditation/docs/Accreditation-Summary-Sheet-2017.pdf

Again, I want to thank all of you who have worked tirelessly on the Self-Evaluation Report in an effort to move the process to accreditation forward.

Compton Community College District Board of Trustees Governance

On Feb. 14, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's office announced that the governor, Department of Finance and the California Community Colleges chancellor concurred with the Special Trustee that agreed governance of the Compton Community College District should be returned to the District's elected Board of Trustees. The return of local authority to the elected governing board is distinct and independent of the accreditation process for El Camino College Compton Center.

The CCCD Board of Trustees authority will be returned with the assistance of a special trustee, who will have significantly reduced responsibilities, in the form of stays and rescind authority. The chancellor's office is currently in the process of recruiting a special trustee. Once that process is complete, local authority with assistance from the special trustee, will be returned to the CCCD board.

Assembly Bill 318 and applicable Education Code, Section 71093 (a), provided the steps for the return of authority to the local elected governing board of CCCD. Available online are copies of the letter from California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and the joint letter from the Director of the Department of Finance Michael Cohen and the California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley, regarding the return of local authority to the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees:



2017-18 Overarching Priorities

I would like to share the 2017-18 Overarching Priorities for El Camino College Compton Center and the Compton Community College District. The Overarching Priorities and action items for achieving these strategic goals are available online at:

Enrollment Management

Over the past several years, enrollment at the Compton Center has been declining. For the 2016-17 fiscal year, the Compton Center FTES goal is 6,060; however, meeting this goal will be a significant challenge since the Compton Center did not meet our enrollment projections for the fall 2016 semester and the winter 2017 term. As stated in the December 2016 and January 2017 Compton Center Board Report, the Compton Center is in year two of FTES restoration and our last year of eligibility for FTES restoration is in the 2017-18 year. It is critical the Compton Center increases enrollment to maintain our base apportionment revenues at 6,060 FTES.

Last month, I developed recommendations to address the declining enrollment at the Compton Center and the potential impact the declining enrollment will have on the Compton District revenue. The recommendation includes the continued implementation of the 2015-18 El Camino College Compton Center Enrollment Management Plan.

Furthermore, if the Compton Center is unable to achieve the 6,060 FTES during the 2016-17 year, which includes borrowing from summer 2017, the Compton Center would not borrow the summer 2017 FTES and would transfer the summer 2017 FTES into the 2017-18 year. The transfer of the summer 2017 FTES into the 2017-18 year would result in a projected loss of revenue of approximately $4 million dollars for the 2016-17 fiscal year. My recommendations are available online at: www.compton.edu/adminandoperations/provostceo/Documents/DecliningFTES_2016-2017_Recommendations.pdf

Also, last month the Compton Center revised our Five-Year FTES projections, which reflect the potential loss in FTES for the 2016-17 year and the projected FTES for 2017-18 and 2018-19. The Five-Year FTES projections document is available online at: www.compton.edu/adminandoperations/provostceo/Documents/ComptonCenter-FiveYearFTES-Projections-without-Borrowing_Updated.pdf

We are currently in the consultative process as it relates to my recommendations to address declining enrollment at the Compton Center. The Compton Center Enrollment Management Committee has supported these recommendations, and this month the other Compton Center Institutional Standing Committees will discuss these recommendations.

Compton Center Student Learning and Achievement

In February, we shared information on the Compton Center Feeder High School Report Card. The 2016 Feeder High School Report Card includes information about students who graduated in 2015 from the 11 feeder high schools served by the Compton Community College District and subsequently enrolled at ECC Compton Center for the fall 2015 semester. The report card includes information about placement rates, educational goals, core service completion, enrollment rates, and one-year persistence rates. The report card can be used to readily assess the performance of feeder high school students at ECC Compton Center.

A total of 319 students attend ECC Compton Center from the 11 feeder schools, which include in-district and out-of-district high schools. Ninety-two percent of students were assessed in reading, writing, and math, which showed variation among students ranging from transfer level to four levels below transfer level. The breakdown of feeder high school students shows that a majority (66%) of students are enrolled full-time. Also, 73% of students completed their first year of college, which includes enrollment from fall 2015 to spring 2016.

These results are promising since full-time enrollment and first-year persistence can be positive indicators when tracking student completion. Data was also gathered to determine students' educational goals and the most popular majors. The choices for educational goals included: Transfer (63%), Degree or Certificate (6%), Basic Skills (3%), Obtain Job Skills (2%), and Undecided (13%). Six of the top ten majors of interest were Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, which focus on workforce training and job skills. The top five majors of interest include nursing, administration of justice, childhood education, business administration, and business management.

The 2016 Compton Center Feeder High School Report Card is available online at: www.compton.edu/adminandoperations/provostceo/Documents/2016-HighSchool-ReportCard-Compton.pdf

Facilities Update

The following is an update on Compton Community College District construction projects currently in progress:

  1. Swing Space
    1. $4.5M project
    2. Project provides for modular buildings for offices, classrooms, and restrooms to temporarily relocate occupants while old buildings are demolished and new buildings constructed.
    3. Received five modular buildings from the El Camino Community College District, placed south of the Stadium. Next, buildings will be renovated and interiors prepared.
  2. Instructional Building 1
    1. $17.7M project
    2. Project design is being finalized to replace current "row" buildings.
  3. Public Safety Facility
    1. $3.8M Measure CC project
    2. Project submitted in December to DSA for review
    3. Delta/Foster Care Building demolished over the holidays
  4. Student Services/Administration Building
    1. $20.4M project
    2. Currently in RFQ process for Architect; design process begins this spring
    3. Old library location and renovation of current admin building; one-stop location for all student services
  5. Instructional Building 2
    1. $25.6M project ($16.6M from Prop 51 funding when CA budget approved; $9M from Measure C). One of only five Prop 51 projects selected for 2017-18 state budget

Provost/CEO "Open Hour"

As always, I welcome you to visit my office during my regular "Open Hour" on Tuesdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Quarterly Tartar Talks

Campuswide quarterly updates will continue to be held on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Tartar Talks 2016-17 Schedule:

  • April 25, 2017 - Little Theater

There are a lot of exciting things happening right now at ECC Compton Center, and the spring semester is a celebratory time when we honor the culmination of student success at our annual commencement ceremony. Let's all do our part in 2017 to make Every Student a Success Story!


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