The mission of Saddleback's Basic Skills Initiative is to establish a comprehensive and interactive college-wide approach to building students' basic skills to prepare them for success with college-level coursework while supporting them to reach their educational goals. Faculty and staff across the disciplines provide this supportive foundation by using the best practices in basic skills' education (i. e. reading, writing, math, ESL and student services support).


Key Dates for Proposals for 2014 - 2015

  • March 31 - Proposals will be due electronically to Patti Flanigan
  • April 1 - Proposals for 2014 - 2015 (online)
  • April 10 - Presentation of proposals for 2014 - 2015 (in LRC 314)
  • April 22 - Due date for proposal ranking sheets to Patti Flanigan - hard copy only
  • April 24 - Final approval of proposals by BSI Committee

Next BSI Meeting - April 24 in AGB 106

The next BSI Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 24  from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in AGB 106.

Focus: To review and priorize the final selection of BSI Projects for 2014 - 2015.

Proposal Criteria


BSI Proposals Scoring Rubrics - to be used by the Proposal Evaluators

Five Year Cycle - BSI Student Success and Retention Rates

BSI Proposal Evaluators - Voting Members by Discipline


English: Bruce Gilman

Transfer, Career & Special Services:  Mike Hoggatt

Counseling Services: Sarah Chang Learning Resources: Christina Hinkle

Reading: Irene Renault

Math: Sumaya McCleave

Classified Senate:  Brooke Sauter

Member at Large:  Leslie Humphrey

Pertinent Reading Materials for Basic Skills

Basic Skills Completion

A Guide to Transforming Basic Skills Education in Community Colleges, Inside and Outside the Classroom.


Meeting Dates for 2013 - 2014

All BSI Committee meetings will be scheduled on Thursdays in the President's Conference Room (AGB 106) from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Meeting Dates for Fall 2013

Meeting Dates for Spring 2014


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, Wednesday, and Thursday 8 a.m. to 4:30 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.