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Compton College on road to accreditation after mismanagement 7 years ago

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Compton College lost accreditation and local control seven years ago after a mismanagement scandal and a corruption probe of the board of trustees led California officials to take over the campus.

That's when California Community College officials allowed El Camino College in Torrance to run Compton College under a new name: El Camino College Compton Center. Compton Mayor Eric Perrodin wants academic accreditation and the old name back.

“I wish it was a lot faster than it has been proceeding,” he said.

Perrodin said many people in Compton didn’t believe El Camino College was acting in their best interest. That’s changed, he said, in part because Compton College CEO Keith Curry is talking publicly about the road to re-accreditation.

“I don’t get stuck on timelines and I don’t get stuck on dates. What I get stuck on is processes and if we continue to make improvements, it’s going to happen,” Curry said.

Curry’s not talking about a timeline because Compton College has a way to go. A recent audit turned up dozens of finance problems. Curry’s also trying to improve academic standards. Reforms are in place after two Compton College instructors last year were accused of selling grades.

“This past fall we just actually had a workshop with faculty as relates to academic integrity but also too we implemented a fraud hotline so if people have allegations that regards to academic fraud or any type of fraud,” Curry said.

The good news, Curry said, is that students from Compton and neighboring cities are voting with their feet. Enrollment has more than doubled in the last six years.

Curry is set to hold a public roundtable Thursday at 6:00 p.m. inside the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum in Compton.