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Message from the Provost/CEO

MAY 2017

As the 2016-17 academic year comes to a close, El Camino College Compton Center is proud to welcome Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor for the California Community Colleges, as the keynote speaker at the 11th Annual Commencement Ceremony on June 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Each year, the number of students earning associate degrees and certificates at El Camino College Compton Center increases. Congratulations to the 605 students who have met the requirements to graduate with an associate degree. In addition, 263 certificates will be awarded.

On May 21, 2017 we celebrated ECC Compton Center's scholars at the annual Academic Awards Tea. We recognized the academic achievements of 49 honors students, three Presidential Scholars and 32 scholarship recipients. Scholarships awarded by both ECC Compton Center and the Foundation for Compton Community College District totaled $32,500.

Process to Accreditation

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) will meet June 6-9 to review the El Camino Compton Center External Evaluation Team report. El Camino College President Maloney and I will appear before the commission on June 7, 2017. We will be informed of ECC Compton Center's accreditation status via a letter from the ACCJC sometime following that meeting.

ECC Compton Center held an Accreditation 101 workshop on May 16 for employees who were interested in learning more about accreditation. Workshop participants received a detailed overview of the Accreditation Standards and the Accreditation Eligibility Requirements.

I am pleased to announce the following individuals will serve as Accreditation Standard co-chairs/tri-chairs for the 2017-2018 year:

Standard I: Mission, Academic Quality and Institutional Effectiveness, and Integrity Co-Chair: Paul Flor & Joshua Meadors

Standard II.A.: Student Learning Programs and Support Services Tri-Chairs: Rodney Murray, Chelvi Subramaniam & Nikki Williams

Standard II.B.: Library and Learning Support Services Tri-Chairs: Estina Pratt, Syria Purdon, & Bailey Smith

Standard II.C. Student Support Services Tri-Chairs: Essie French-Preston, Elizabeth Martinez & Carlos Maruri

Standard III.A. Human Resources Co-Chairs: Jennifer Hill & Rachelle Sasser

Standard III.B. Human Resources Co-Chairs: Kendahl Radcliffe & Linda Owens

Standard III.C. Technology Resources Co-Chairs: Sevana Khodagholian & Andrei Yermakov

Standard III.D. Financial Resources Co-Chairs: Chris Halligan & Steve Haigler

Standard IV: Leadership and Governance Co-Chairs: Jesse Mills & Abiodun Osanyinpeju

Finally, Amber Gillis will remain as the Accreditation Faculty Chair and Jennifer Hill will remain as the Accreditation Faculty Editor for the 2017-18 year.

Appointment of Special Trustee for Compton Community College District

California Community Colleges Chancellor Oakley has appointed Gene Farrell as the Special Trustee for Compton Community College District (CCCD) with stay and rescind authority. The CCCD Board of Trustees approved Farrell's employment contract at their Special Board meeting on May 9. Farrell is a graduate of the former Compton Junior College and recently served as the interim chancellor for Coast Community College District.

2017-18 Tentative Budget Assumptions

The 2017-18 Compton Community College District Tentative Budget Assumptions, recommended by the Provost/CEO and supported by the Planning and Budget Committee, reflect information available at this time from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and Governor's May Revise Budget. The Governor's May Revise Budget focused on prudent investments in California's future. The Governor's May Revise Budget proposed approximately $250 million more in funding for community colleges beyond what was proposed by the Governor in January. Highlights include $180 million for an increase in base funding, COLA of 1.56%.

A. Estimated beginning balance: $8,100,000
B. Estimated local, state and other revenue: $39,000,000
C. Budget the General State Apportionment in alignment with the El Camino College Compton Center generating 6,060 FTES.
D. Offering 1,636 sections in 2017-2018.
E. Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase: 1.56%
F. Budget for the GASB "pay as you go" costs for Retiree Benefits: $550,000
G. Project Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) contributions increased to 15.531% and State Teachers Employee Retirement System (STRS) increased to 14.43%.
H. Budget for projected utilities increases of 4%.
I. Budget to fill the following full-time faculty positions:
        1. Administration of Justice
        2. CalWORKs Counselor - Restricted Fund
        3. Chemistry
        4. Counselor/ Learning Disabilities Specialist - Restricted Fund
        5. Human Development
        6. Machine Tool Technology
        7. Nursing
        8. Student Equity Counselor - Restricted Fund
        9. Student Success and Support Programs Counselor - Restricted Fund
        10. Reading
J. Budget to fill the following full-time classified position:
        1. Athletics Coordinator
        2. Curriculum Analyst
        3. Career Technical Education Career Pathways Coordinator - Restricted Fund
        4. Student Success and Support Programs Coordinator - Restricted Fund
K. Budget to fill the following full-time management position:
        1. Assistant Director of Facilities Planning & Operations
        2. Chief Instructional Officer
        3. Director of Accounting
        4. Director of Adult Education and Workforce Development - Restricted Fund
L. Budget for the following one-time Augmentations/Enhancements ($200,000):
        1. Enrollment Management Plan ($100,000)
        2. Budget Augmentations and Enhancements ($50,000)
        3. Site Improvements ($50,000)
M. Budget for Line of Credit debt expense ($1,181,841).
N. Budget for the Police Services Contract with El Camino College ($1,500,000), includes personnel cost, benefits, overtime, and other services and supplies.
O. Budget for Other Postemployment Benefit (OPEB) contribution of $250,000.
P. Budget for the California Public Entity Pension Stabilization Fund (PERS/STRS) contribution of $200,000.
Q. Budget for Compton Community College District Personnel Commission ($287,000).
R. Unrestricted Budget includes the following interfund transfers:
        1. Transfer $400,000 to the Property & Liability Fund.

The CCCD Board of Trustees will receive a presentation and a recommendation to adopt the 2017-18 Compton Community College District Tentative Budget at the June 20, 2017 Board meeting.

Compton Community College District Recovery Plan/Funding Request

Since February, the CCCD has worked with our state's local assembly and senate officials on a Recovery Plan/Funding Request for CCCD. The Recovery Plan/Funding Request reflects our current position and outlines needs relative to the ECC Compton Center and future Compton College as an accredited college within the Compton District. The request for additional funding reflects anticipated needs for the 2017-2018 and five subsequent fiscal years. The funding request is dependent on the ECC Compton Center Accreditation Timeline. CCCD is requesting a one-time State Budget Augmentation of $11,302,425 to meet the required staffing, technology, and mandated costs associated with the future Compton College. Working on behalf of the California Community College Chancellor's Office, the Fiscal Crisis Management and Assistance Team (FCMAT) has reviewed the Compton District Recovery Plan/Funding Request and has provided a report to the California Community College Chancellor's Office. I meet with FCMAT on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, and on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, we received the FCMAT report concerning our funding request. Based on their review, FCMAT believes that the amount of $11,302,425 for one-time costs associated with the transition is accurate and within reason for Compton Community College District.

Enrollment Management Update

As part of our plan to address declining enrollment, ECC Compton Center hosted two enrollment management activities in May. First, ECC Compton Center hosted the Second Annual Senior Day on May 10, 2017. More than 130 high school seniors from local school districts attended this event. Second, ECC Compton Center hosted the inaugural Enrollment Management Summit on May 12, 2017. The 29 summit participants, including faculty staff and administrators, received information on Compton Center's enrollment trends, best practices and strategies to increase student enrollment and an overview of the 2015-18 El Camino College Compton Center Enrollment Management Plan.

ECC Compton Center's summer 2017 sessions begin June 19; fall 2017 begins August 26. The Summer and Fall 2017 class schedules are available at: www.compton.edu/studentservices/admissionandrecords/ClassSchedule.aspx

As we continue to build enrollment in an effort to recover from stabilization, it is important that each of us remember - "Every FTES Counts."

Basic Skills Initiative, Student Equity and Student Success and Support Programs Integrated Timeline

The ECC Compton Center Student Success Committee is charged with overseeing the completion of the Basic Skills Initiative, Student Equity, and Student Success and Support Programs Integrated Plan that is due on December 1, 2017. The purpose of this integration is to align all state-funded initiatives that have similar student success and completion goals and to streamline goals and objectives as a means to reduce duplication of funding and effort. Furthermore, integration of these initiatives will promote alignment of the initiatives' goals and objectives to the ECC Compton Center 2017 Comprehensive Master Plan.

The Student Success Committee, comprised of faculty, staff, students and administrators will review the drafts at several different stages of its development. The Student Success Committee functions as an advisory body encompassing a participatory governance model. ECC Compton Center is developing its plan utilizing the California Community College Chancellor's Office adopted template. Also, the Student Success Committee's role is to monitor and evaluate the progress of the integrated plan's goals and objectives and provide continual feedback on potential changes.

The ECC Compton Center integrated plan writing team includes Director of Enrollment Services Nelly Alvarado, Director of Student Equity Bailey Smith, Dean of Student Services Elizabeth Martinez and Dean of Student Success Chelvi Subramaniam.

The writing team will develop and complete the ECC Compton Center integrated plan before moving it through the various participatory governance groups at Compton Center. The final draft will be completed by September 5, 2017 before it moves on for further review and approval. Below is ECC Compton Center's timeline for completing the Basic Skills Initiative, Student Equity, and Student Success and Support Programs Integrated Plan:

Activity Date:
Student Success Summit (present data, discuss integrated goals) May 19, 2017
Student Success Committee (finalize five integrated goals) May 23, 2017
Draft presented to the Student Success Committee August 3, 2017
Final draft presented to the Student Success Committee September 5, 2017
ECC Compton Center Cabinet Review September 2017
Consultative Council Review September/October 2017
Academic Senate Review October 5, 2017
ECCD Board Meeting October 16, 2017
CCCD Board Meeting November 21, 2017
Final Plan Due December 1, 2017

Student Transportation and Parking Planning

ECC Compton Center anticipates future transportation and parking issues that may impact student enrollment in the 2017-18 academic year. As a result, ECC Compton Center is launching the following strategies to help relieve future transportation and parking challenges for students, faculty, staff and the community:

  • Metro U-Pass: ECC Compton Center is partnering with Los Angeles Metro to provide a reduced fare for ECC Compton Center students using Metro buses (Express and Silver lines included). This pilot program is only available to select colleges and would allow students to sign up online through the ECC Compton Center website or in person on campus. The fee to participate would be paid to the Compton Community College District. The ECC Compton Center student ID with a Metro sticker will serve as the U-Pass for students. The U-Pass is valid for an entire semester. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six units to qualify for the U-Pass, which enables part-time students to participate. More information on the Los Angeles Metro U-Pass, is available online: www.metro.net/riding/colleges/.

  • Uber/Lyft Pick-Up and Drop-off Locations: ECC Compton Center has arranged for five pick-up and drop-off locations for Uber and Lyft drivers on campus:
    • Parking Lot A
    • Parking Lot F
    • Administration Building (Flag Pole)
    • Child Development Center (CDC)
    • MLB Urban Youth Academy
    A campus map is currently being created showing all the identified pick-up and drop-off locations and will be distributed to faculty, staff and students. The current bus pick-up and drop-off location has been relocated to the main loop near the Flag Pole.

  • Stacked Parking for Fall 2017: To alleviate traffic due to construction of the Tartar Village, as well as to accommodate parking during the first two weeks of the fall semester, ECC Compton Center will partner with an outside contractor to provide a "stacked parking" option for students and staff in Parking Lot A.

Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative

During the 2015-16 year, ECC Compton Center began receiving technical assistance in the area of integrated planning from the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) offered by the California Community College Chancellors Office. Since July 2015, we have held three meetings with our IEPI Partnership Resource Team. Working with the Compton Center Planning Committee and with assistance from our IEPI Partnership Resource Team members, ECC Compton Center's IEPI Innovation and Effectiveness Plan Request was submitted and approved. During the 2016-17 fiscal year, ECC Compton Center received $200,000 for the implementation of our IEPI Innovation and Effectiveness Plan.

Currently, ECC Compton Center is in the initial stages of exploring options for a campuswide planning software. The selected software will be user friendly and provide capabilities for program review, student learning outcomes (SLOs) and service area outcomes (SAOs) assessment reporting, annual program/department plans, and accreditation planning.

2017 Student Success Scorecard

The 2017 Student Success Scorecard for ECC Compton Center is now available from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, covering data up to the 2015-16 academic year. The Student Success Scorecard provides a way to measure progress and accountability of institutional effectiveness. Many of Compton Center's institutional effectiveness outcomes are based on this Scorecard. For an overview, please review the 2017 ECC Compton Center Scorecard Summary Sheet.

The Scorecard is based on cohorts of students who are tracked for six years, so although we refer to it as the "2017 Scorecard" data, it reflects the current status of a cohort of students who enrolled in 2010-11. Similarly, comparing this year's data to previous Scorecards is comparing cohorts to each other, with the idea being that improving our institutional effectiveness overall should improve the success of each cohort.

For the 2017 Scorecard, 14% of ECC Compton Center students were considered "prepared for college," up from 10% in the previous year. This means 14% of students test or place into math and English courses at the college/transfer level, while 86% of students test or place into remedial level courses. Although the number of unprepared students has been reduced, 76% of students across the California Community College system are considered "unprepared," prompting discussions about placement procedures and initiatives like the Common Assessment Initiative.

Despite this, virtually every measure on the 2017 Scorecard for the ECC Compton Center shows improvement over the previous year. Completion and persistence rates, including those for the "unprepared" group, have all increased this year. Completion rates for basic skills courses improved by multiple percentage points, although the overall rates (particularly for math) are still low.

One new measure included in the 2017 Scorecard is "Transfer Level Achievement," which indicates how many students in the cohort were taking transfer-level courses by their second year of enrollment. Approximately three out of five (60%) students are enrolling in transfer-level English by their second year, but fewer than one out of four (25%) students are enrolling in transfer-level math by their second year. If students aren't succeeding in basic skills math or attempting transfer-level math courses that are required for many programs, it might be difficult for the ECC Compton Center to continue making substantial improvements in graduation and completion rates. The other new measure included in the 2017 Scorecard is the "Skills Builder" metric. The ECC Compton Center continues to improve its Career and Technical Education (CTE) completion rate (up to 57% in this Scorecard), but the Skills Builder metric looks at what kind of benefits are received by students who don't intend to have traditional outcomes like completing a degree/certificate program or transferring. It measures the median percentage change in wages for a cohort of CTE students (enrolling in 2013-14) a few years after they complete their coursework (2015-16). For ECC Compton Center students, their median wage increase is about 27%, meaning students who complete CTE coursework at ECC Compton Center will typically see a 27% increase in their earnings.

Tartar Support Program and Food Pantry

ECC Compton Center is committed to assisting students in need, especially those who have housing and food insecurities or simply need some extra support. An ECC Compton Center task force has initiated a process to reach out to homeless students and students in need to let them know about financial aid, veterans' assistance and other resources that might be available to them. In addition, the task force is examining other ways to assist students with basic needs.

On May 16, 2017 ECC Compton Center partnered with the Compton Grocery Outlet to open a Food Pantry on campus for eligible enrolled students. A Donation Drive is in progress to promote and increase awareness of the Food Pantry. All non-perishable food donations are welcome on a regular basis and may be dropped off at the Office of Student Life, Room R-61.

Additionally, the Tartar Support program at ECC Compton Center offers a free shower/towel/soap program that provides students soap and clean towels to wash up in the locker facilities, which are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday when classes are in session each semester and during the summer.

Formerly Incarcerated Students in Transition Program Receives Diversity and Equity Award

In the coming weeks, the California Community College Chancellor Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges will announce that the ECC Compton Center Formerly Incarcerated Students in Transition (F.I.S.T.) program was awarded the 2017 Dr. John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Awards. The focus of the Dr. John W. Rice Diversity & Equity Awards is Advancing Social Mobility. The F.I.S.T. program provides academic, social and economic support for students reentering the community after incarceration. Also last week, one of our scholarship donors has committed to providing 30 $1,000 scholarships (total of $30,000) during the 2017-18 year to F.I.S.T. program participants.

Please join me in congratulating, the Student Equity Department for successfully implementing the F.I.S.T. program and to Dr. Joseph Lewis for serving as the student services advisor and club advisor to the F.I.S.T. program.

New Event Participation Request Form

I welcome the opportunities to share ECC Compton Center's and Compton Community College District ever-growing number of success stories to audiences both on and off campus, as my schedule permits. To better coordinate speaking engagements, I ask that you please complete the Event Participation Request Form, if you would like me to participate in an event or program.

To fill out the form, follow these simple steps:

  • Open the online form and download/save the PDF to your computer
  • Fill out the form using Acrobat
  • Save the form
  • Submit the form to the Provost/CEO's Office via the link at the bottom of the form, or print a copy and deliver it to the Catalina Delgado in the Provost/CEO's Office.

Whenever possible, please submit requests at least three weeks in advance to allow for scheduling and planning.

Provost/CEO "Open Hour"

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

Quarterly Tartar Talks

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

Tartar Talks 2017-2018 Schedule:

  • September 19, 2017 - Little Theater
  • November 21, 2017 - Little Theater
  • February 27, 2018 - Little Theater
  • April 24, 2018 - Little Theater

This is an exciting time of year for ECC Compton Center and it provides the perfect opportunity to acknowledge that Every Student is a Success Story!


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