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

Next BSI Meeting - April 23, 2015 in AGB 106

The next BSI Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in AGB 106.

Important:  Christina Hinkle, Director of Learning Assistance, will be serving as interim BSI coordinator and facilitator of the BSI proposals for 2015 - 2016. This position will have a faculty co-chair (to be selected in the near future).

Tentative BSI projects for 2015 - 2016 include:

  • Embedded Tutoring - Math, English, and ESL
  • Embedded Librarians for key classes in Basic Skills
  • Refresh Program
  • Student Mentors
  • Professional Development for faculty
  • Student Tutorials for Points of Need

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

Statewide Basic Skills Report: Due on July 31st

Saddleback College Statistics

BSI Meeting Dates/Highlights for 2014 - 2015

Meeting Dates and Highlights for Fall 2014

Meeting Dates for Spring 2015

BSI Resources

BSI Committee Members

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

Saddleback College - Student Health Center

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


BSI Administrative Support

BSI Administrative Support

Our BSI administrative support is Debby Snyder

Debby's 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

Primary Job Responsibilities: Create faculty stipends, process paperwork for the hiring of part-time classified staff, manage payroll/time sheets for faculty and staff, maintain BSI web site, monitor BSI budget, assist with tracking and assessment of BSI projects, coordinate publicity for the BSI projects, and support BSI project coordinators with their specific project needs.