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                                
Email Address: maminy@saddleback.edu

Co-Chair: Michelle Duffy, Reading Instructor
Email Address: mduffy@saddleback.edu


BSI Administrative Support

Administrative Support:  Christie Smead
Office Location: LRC220
Telephone Extension: (949) 348-6084
Email Address: csmead@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 August 30, 2016

Saddleback College Statistics


BSI Meeting Dates/Highlights for 2016 - 2017

BSI Meeting Dates for 2016-2017 will be held in LRC 337 (unless otherwise stated) from 3 pm to 4:30 pm and are as follows:

Meeting Dates for Fall 2016

  • Monday, August 15 - First Meeting of the 16/17 academic year; open to all faculty
  • Thursday, September 15 - Regular Committee Mtg.
  • Thursday, October 13 - Regular Committee Mtg.
  • Thursday, November 10 - Regular Committee Mtg.
  • December - Happy Holidays (No Meeting.)

Meeting Dates for Spring 2017

  • Thursday, February 9 - Regular Committee Mtg.Location to be confirmed
  • Thursday, March 9 - Regular Committee Mtg. Location to be confirmed
  • Thursday, April 13 - Regular Committee Mtg. Location to be confirmed

BSI Resources

BSI Committee Members for 2016 - 2017

Marina Aminy, OELR Janet Bagwell, LA Jack Beckham, LA
Estella Castillo-Garrison, CE, E & K12 Sheryl Christensen, Counseling Michelle Duffy, LA
Carrie Goulding, LA Catherine Hayter, LA Christina Hinkle, OELR
Michael Hoggatt, TC & SP Leslie Humphrey-Quirk, Outreach Sumaya McCleave, MS&E
Julie McGirr, LA Kevin O'Connor, LA Maria Teresa Romero, SBS
Penny Skaff, CS Cora Swanson, OELR Lisa Tran, CS
Deanna Valdez, MS&E Cadence Wynter, SBS  

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