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

Senior Administrative Assistant: Cora Swanson
Office Location: LRC231
Telephone Extension: (949) 582-4516
Email Address: cswanson@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