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 2015: BSI Mission and Core Values

BSI Co-Chairs for 2016 - 2017

Co-Chair: Marina Aminy, Dean OELR

Co-Chair: Carrie Goulding, English Composition Instructor

BSI Administrative Support

Administrative Support: Christie Smead
Office Location: LRC220
Telephone Extension: (949) 348-6084

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 August 30, 2017

Saddleback College Statistics

BSI Meeting Dates/Highlights for 2017 - 2018

BSI Meeting Dates for 2017-2018 will be held in LRC 337 (unless otherwise stated) from 3 pm to 4:30 pm and are as follows:

Meeting Dates for Fall 2017

Monday, August 14 - During Professional Development Week. General meeting and the first of the 17/18 academic year. BGS 250 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm

The Basic Skills Initiative committee has supported many critical projects at the college,
including an interdisciplinary “Completing College Conference,” embedded tutoring, basic skills
technology resources, and professional development for instructors. Join us for the first fall meeting
of the BSI Committee to learn more about our college’s funding for basic skills students, implementation
of the grant, committee structure and plans for 2017-18. We will also share details for an exciting
spring conference supported by BSI. Please attend our first general meeting of the semester!
Presented by Marina Aminy, Ph.D., Dean, OELR and Carrie Goulding, LA and Co-chair of BSI Committee
  • Additional meetings to be posted

Meeting Dates for Spring 2018

  • Soon to be posted

BSI Resources

BSI Committee Members for 2016 - 2017

Marina Aminy, OELR Janet Bagwell, LA Jack Beckham, LA
Sheryl Christensen, Counseling Susan Donelson, CE, E & K12 Michelle Duffy, LA
Bruce Gilman, LA Carrie Goulding, LA Catherine Hayter, LA
Christina Hinkle, SBS Michael Hoggatt, TCSP Leslie Humphrey-Quirk, Outreach
Sumaya McCleave, MSE Julie McGirr, LA Kevin O'Connor, LA
Maria Teresa Romero, SBS Penny Skaff, CS Cora Swanson, Academic Senate
Lisa Tran, CS Deanna Valdez, MSE Cadence Wynter, FAMT

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