Citing progress toward goal to restoring Compton College, State officials return governing authority to locally elected trustee board
SACRAMENTO – Governing authority of the Compton Community College District will be returned to the district’s board of trustees after a 10-year freeze, the Compton Herald has learned. Eloy Ortiz Oakley, California Community Colleges chancellor, made the announcement today, saying the move signals impressive achievement toward creating an independent, accredited college within the Compton Community College District (CCCD).
Through Assembly Bill 318, a special trustee was appointed by the state to oversee the district 10 years ago after administrative failure and fraud led to revocation of Compton College’s accreditation. El Camino Community College District, then assumed ongoing governance of the institutional.
“This is a sign of remarkable progress and we congratulate faculty, staff, administrators, students and the community on the hard work that has led to this,” Oakley said. “It is an important step toward the ultimate goal of seeing that Compton College once again operate[s] as an accredited institution under the sole control of Compton Community College District.”
“Returning control of Compton Community College District to the elected board of trustees has been a top priority of ours,” Estolano said. “We will do everything in our power to help Compton achieve that next milestone of accreditation and full independence.”
Assembly Bill 318 provided that the CCCD governing board authority would be returned when the governor, the director of the state Department of Finance, and the state chancellor agreed that the district has for two consecutive years met a comprehensive set of requirements detailed in its recovery plan. The CCCD board of trustees authority is returned with the assistance of a special trustee who will have significantly reduced responsibilities, in the form of stay and rescind authority.
“The Compton Community College District Board of Trustees is very pleased to receive concurrence from the special trustee, state chancellor, governor’s office, and the Department of Finance regarding the return of our local authority,” said Andres Ramos, president of the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees. “Our commitment to represent the interests of the communities we serve will continue to be a priority as we continue moving forward.”
The return of local authority is an important milestone in the path to accreditation of an independent college in the Compton Community College District, said Kenneth Brown, president of the El Camino Community College District board of trustees.
“The El Camino Community College District is fully committed to continuing its partnership with the Compton Community College District, to ensure that accredited programs and services are available to the residents of the Compton District,” Brown affirmed.
The Compton Community College District encompasses nearly 29 square miles, making educational services available to residents of Compton, Lynwood, Paramount, Willowbrook, and segments of Athens, Bellflower, Carson, Downey, Dominguez, Lakewood, Long Beach, and South Gate.
The next steps for the Compton Center and Compton District include a four-step process to achieve and full accreditation, which officials say could come as early as 2020.