Level Up: Transforming Student Outcomes

The Level Up Grant is the Saddleback College implementation of the Basic Skills Student Outcomes and Transformation (BSSOT) Program.  The BSSOT Program is a California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office initiative.  The BSSOT Program and Level Up Grant seek to improve the progression rate of students needing basic skills instruction into college-level instruction. 

The Level Up grant’s primary purpose is to coordinate existing college success efforts/programs and to augment them with new ideas, research support, and professional development training.


Level Up Grant Goals

  • Support existing state, college, and district initiatives to increase the number of students who enroll and successfully complete a college-level English course within two semesters.  
  • Provide and support on-going faculty professional development that improves student completion, persistence, and retention outcomes.
  • Aid in the integration of student support and district services to better direct students in class schedule development.  Level Up grant funding support to District IT will permit the revised Smart Schedule platform to recognize each student’s course placement recommendations, MAP information, and course-taking history to create a proposed set of classes that aligns with these items, encouraging a schedule of classes that will help the student to reach the academic goal more quickly and successfully.
  • Provide proactive student support that is integrated with instruction.
  • Strengthen K-12 Partnerships to encourage college readiness among high school applicants.
  • Utilize research to guide program or initiative implementation and data analysis to evaluate impact.


Level Up Grant Objectives

  • Use Level Up Grant research to inform class schedule planning in order to better accommodate student demand as it changes with regard to Multiple Measures Assessment Project (MMAP) placement matrix implementation.
  • Support the AVID for Higher Education (AHE) initiative to become an institutionalized professional development opportunity for Saddleback College faculty and to more fully integrate WICOR teaching and learning strategies in students’ classroom experience.
  • Integrate Sherpa communication technology into the Online Class Schedule to create individual student semester schedules that incorporate assessment results, academic plans saved in MAP, and high school transcript data.
  • Implement Embedded Academic Support Model into core English and Reading curriculum to include: Tutoring, Counseling, and Library Services (Information Competency).
  • Use Liberal Arts Division based faculty to mentor associate faculty and ensure professional standards.
  • Provide faculty stipends for curriculum design and professional development activities.