The Purpose of the
Basic Skills Professional Development Initiative—Academic Fundamentals
is being proposed out of the need to provide basic skills, and by
extension English as a Second Language (ESL), education to students
underprepared for college-level work, including those unable to pass the
California High School Exit Exam; address the unmet needs of the
California Community College System in the area of basic skills
education as noted in the 2006 System Office Strategic Plan; and attend
to the professional development needs of community college faculty as
they seek to provide basic skills courses/programs in their efforts to
ensure student succeed. This Initiative provides statewide training and
support to address the professional development needs of community
college administrators, faculty, and staff in the areas of basic skills
and ESL instruction and will jointly address both credit and noncredit
instruction as they apply to the broad basic skills area, including
appropriate English, mathematics, reading, writing and ESL instruction.
To provide the foundation to develop this training, Foothill-De Anza
Community College District will contract with the Academic Senate and
the Center for Student Success to create resource materials for use at
the colleges. Colleges will begin with a self-assessment tool that helps
to identify strengths and weaknesses in basic skills instruction. With
the results of the self-assessment in hand, colleges can turn to
materials that outline the general principles and processes that work to
help ensure student success in basic skills success courses. Colleges
will be provided with a “menu-based” approach of course sequences and
other institutional improvements to address the unique needs of their
students, faculty, and instructional programming. In addition, colleges
will be apprised of available “alternative” career-related math and
English courses to meet the upcoming graduation requirements (e.g., math
for health careers instead of Intermediate Algebra).
(from the California Community Colleges Basic Skills Initiative webpage)
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