Basic Skills Initiative

The State defines "Basic Skills" as "those foundation skills in reading, writing, mathematics, learning skills, study skills and English as a Second Language which are necessary for students to succeed in college level work."

The State Chancellors' Office defines and aligns its BSI funding specific to studetns in 300 level courses of English, Math, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Reading.

Mission

The mission of Saddleback College’s Basic Skills Initiative is to explore, identify, and address the needs of basic skills students. BSI funding allocations directly support a coordinated expansion of academic and student support services that will facilitate the successful transition of basic skills students into college-level coursework.

Approved as of January 29th: BSI Mission and Core Values

BSI Coordinator and Co-chair for 2015 - 2016

Coordinator: Christina Hinkle, Director of Learning Assistance                                   
Telephone Extension:
(949) 582-4605
Email Address: chinkle@saddleback.edu

Co-chair: Deanna Valdez, Mathematics Instructor
Email Address: dvaldez@saddleback.edu

 

BSI Administrative Support

Administrative Assistant: Debby Snyder, OELR

Schedule: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Office Location: LRC 205
Telephone Extension: (949) 348-6084
Email Address: dsynder@saddleback.edu

 

BSI Project Information

Additional Funding Sources: Student Equity and DSPS can and will be used to augment BSI projects that align with their criteria.

Statewide Basic Skills Report: Due on July 31, 2015

Saddleback College Statistics

 

BSI Meeting Dates/Highlights for 2015 - 2016

 

 

 

 

 

BSI Resources

BSI Committee Members for 2015 - 2016

Sumaya McCleave, MS&E Sarah Chang, CS Penny Skaff, CS
Bruce Gilman, LA Marina Aminy, LA Leslie Humphrey - Outreach
Carrie Goulding, LA Michael Hoggatt, TC &SP Janet Bagwell, LA
Chris McDonald, MS&E Kevin O'Connor, LA Cadence Wynter, SBS
Deanna Valdez, MS&E Christina Hinkle, OELR Patti Flanigan, OELR
Carol Bander, LA Jerilyn Chuman, CS Maria Teresa Romero, SBS
Larry Perez, MS&E Jack Beckman, LA Estella Garrison-Castillo

Pertinent Reading Materials for Basic Skills

Basic Skills Completion

A Guide to Transforming Basic Skills Education in Community Colleges, Inside and Outside the Classroom.

Saddleback College - Five Year Cycle - BSI Student Success and Retention Rates

Basic Skills Student Support and Resources

California Community College Chancellor's Office - Basic Skills Progress Tracker

 

BSI Goals for 2011 - 2016

Saddleback College BSI is committed to the following goals:

  • COURSES/SLO’s:  Support  Basic Skills departments such as Reading, ESL, English and Math to improve the success rates of SLO’s in Basic Skills courses, including evaluating, assessing and revising course curriculum and offerings. 

 

  • FACULTY:  Support faculty and content area experts to develop innovative programs and curriculum within departments to improve learning and retention among Basic Skills students.

 

  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  Provide professional development to all faculty and classified staff working with Basic Skills students, with opportunities to improve teaching, learning, support services, retention and other strategies for success based on good practices and current theories for learning.

 

  • CROSS-DEPARTMENTAL COLLABORATION:  Facilitate collaboration between departments to improve support services, retention and success for Basic Skills students.

 

  • INSTITUTIONAL COLLABORATION:  Foster greater collaboration and alignment between administrative/service departments (matriculation, counseling, tutoring labs, etc.) and academic departments to insure greater consistency, retention and success for Basic Skills students.

 

  • SUPPORT SERVICES:  Survey and evaluate current support services for Basic Skills students (such as tutoring, placement, matriculation, transfer, etc.) to determine:  effectiveness, need for restructuring  and/or need for additional services

BSI Projects

Total BSI Allocation for 2015 - 2016 is projected to be $122,500.

BSI Projects for 2015 - 2016

Project Coordinator Approved Total

Online Tools for Basic Skills Instruction

Brett Myhren $5,593.00

Academic Reading and Writing Practicum for Faculty Development

Shellie Ochi and Michelle Duffy $10,639.91

PLC High School Student Success Visits

Jake Williams, Catherine Hayter and Dawn Lewis $6,934.55

Research Based Strategies for Grammer Instruction

Carrie Goulding and Catherine Hayter $5,194.00

College-wide embedded tutoring(Mathematics, DSPS, Counseling & ESL)

   
  Total $122,500.00

 

BSI Action Plans - Projects for 2015 - 2016

Please note that all BSI Project Coordinators will be expected to complete and submit an action plan by September 7, 2015

Project Name

Action Plans

Online Tools for Basic Skills Instruction

 

Academic Reading & Writing Practicum for Faculty Development

 

PLC High School Students Success Visits

 

Research Based Strategies for Grammer Instruction

 

College-wide embedded tutoring (Mathematics, DSPS, Counseling & ESL)

 

 

 

 

Tools for Learning

Tools to support Learning Skills.

General Learning Skills

Online Tools Descriptions

Study Skills for Student Success

 

Here you will find tools to help make your textbook work for you, how to use a dictionary and more.
Study Technique Classes APSY 161A & APSY 161B provide students with learning and study techniques.
Various Study Techniques A variety of different study techniques that aide learning.
Effective Study Techniques Learn the SQR3 method for studying.
Time Management Learn effective ways to best organize time for studying.
Memorization Techniques Learn effective way to memorize class material.
Test Preparation Tools Tools to help prepare for tests.
How to Get the Most Out of Studying A video about how to get the most out of studying.
Khan Academy Learn almost anything.

 

English Learning Skills

English Tools Description
English Skill Classes Available A listing of English classes with description to help with spelling, reading and more.
Featured Saddleback College English Classes A listing of featured classes to Sharpen your skills and prepare for Academic Success.
ESL Helpful Resources Various ESL class listing, skill sets by Instructor Dolores Schultz at Saddleback College.
Writing a Research Paper Helpful tips for writing research papers.

 

Math Learning Skills

Math Tools Description
Math Exam Prep Information about preparing for Math Exams.
Algebra2go Instructor Larry Perez's website with helpful Algebra tips.
Success in Math Helpful Math study skills.
Math Study Skills A list of some helpful study skills for Math.