Compton College gets millions after accreditation
This funding came just hours after Compton Community College was granted accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
The 45,000-square-foot Library-Student Success Center building on the campus of El Camino College Compton Center. Photo courtesy El Camino College Compton Center
$11.3 million approved for Compton College on heels of accreditation; Gipson proposal soars through Legislative Budget Conference Committee
SACRAMENTO — During a late and final session of the 2017 Legislative Budget Conference Committee, Compton Community College was approved for $11.3 million in one-time funding along with enrollment stabilization money to support the college’s transition into an independently accredited institution.
The funding proposal, brought forward through Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, D-Carson, will allow the college to acquire the necessary technology, staff, and other administrative capabilities critical to managing a self-standing college.
“Since I was initially elected to office, I have made it a top priority to do everything in my power to support the Compton College community in gaining governing authority, as well as independent accreditation,” said Gipson. “Whether it was holding an oversight hearing on Compton College or spearheading a bill that began the conversation of returning local control back to the college.
“I am incredibly proud of the progress that has been made. Everyone from the college president and board of trustees to the faculty and staff has shown that they are ready and capable of assuming all the duties of an independent college district,” Gipson added. “This $11.3 million represents the Legislature’s commitment to recognizing their efforts and supporting their long-term success.”
This funding approval came just hours after it was announced Compton Community College had officially been granted accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).
Typically, the ACCJC process would require accreditation candidacy to immediately follow accreditation eligibility. However, the Commission expedited the process by a few years after being impressed with the progress; they determined that moving directly to initial accreditation was in order.