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.

Next BSI Meeting - February 26, 2015 in AGB 106

The next BSI Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 26,, 2015 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in AGB 106.

Plan Ahead:  For this meeting, we will be discussing:

  • How best to allocate the BSI funds for 2015 - 2016 to maximize support of our Basic Skills students.
  • New coordination for BSI for 2015 - 2016

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

Saddleback College Statistics

BSI Meeting Dates/Highlights for 2014 - 2015

Meeting Dates and Highlights for Fall 2014

Meeting Dates for Spring 2015

  • Thursday, January 29 - Meeting Highlights.
  • Thursday, February 26 - Regular Committee Mtg.
  • Thursday, March 12 - Regular Committee Mtg.
  • Thursday, April 9 - Presentations of Proposals for 2015 - 2016 in LRC 314 (Room Change)
  • Thursday, April 23 - BSI Committee - Final Approval of Proposals

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.