Basic Skills Initiative

The state defines "basic skills" as "those foundation skills in reading, writing, mathematics, learning skills, study skills and English as a Second Language which are necessary for students to succeed in college level work."


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

  • January 30 - Meeting Minutes
  • February 27 - Meeting Minutes
  • March 13 -
  • April 10 - Presentations of Proposals for 2014 - 2015 in LRC 314 (Room Change)
  • April 24 - BSI Committee - Final Approval of Proposals


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:

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.

BSI Goals for 2011 - 2016

Saddleback College BSI is committed to the following goals:

  • COURSES/SLO’s:  Support  Basic Skills departments such as Reading, ESL, English and Math to improve the success rates of SLO’s in Basic Skills courses, including evaluating, assessing and revising course curriculum and offerings. 


  • FACULTY:  Support faculty and content area experts to develop innovative programs and curriculum within departments to improve learning and retention among Basic Skills students.


  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  Provide professional development to all faculty and classified staff working with Basic Skills students, with opportunities to improve teaching, learning, support services, retention and other strategies for success based on good practices and current theories for learning.


  • CROSS-DEPARTMENTAL COLLABORATION:  Facilitate collaboration between departments to improve support services, retention and success for Basic Skills students.


  • INSTITUTIONAL COLLABORATION:  Foster greater collaboration and alignment between administrative/service departments (matriculation, counseling, tutoring labs, etc.) and academic departments to insure greater consistency, retention and success for Basic Skills students.


  • SUPPORT SERVICES:  Survey and evaluate current support services for Basic Skills students (such as tutoring, placement, matriculation, transfer, etc.) to determine:  effectiveness, need for restructuring  and/or need for additional services

BSI Projects

Total BSI Allocation for 2013 - 2014 is projected to be $90,000.


BSI Projects for 2013 - 2014


Original Requested Amount

Professional Development Practicum



PLC Curriculum Alignment Workshop & Info Session



Embedded Tutoring in English & Social Sciences



Embedded Tutors for ESL Lower Level Classes



Enhanced Matriculation & Orientation Support for ESL



Freshman Advantage Summer 2014



Math Tutoring Center







In an attempt to give the smaller funded projects the requested amount, the Division of Online Education and Learning Resources will pick up the extra $592. We will also pay for advertising for the Math Tutoring Center. Finally, every effort will be made to find funding for the additional projects that are currently under their requested amount.

Faculty Support

Faculty teaching resources with different teaching methods.

Teaching Models
Online Tools Descriptions
Models of Teaching Methods A listing of various teaching methods.
Inductive versus Deductive Reasoning A list with examples of deductive and inductive reasoning.
Student Centered Teaching and Learning Student Centered Teaching and Learning with example videos.
Programmed Instruction Examples of different types of programmed instruction.
Direct Instruction A description and information about direct instruction.
Mnemonics Understanding how Mnemonics works
Advanced Organizers Information about the different type of advanced organizers.
Concept Attainment Information about the purpose of Concept Attainment.
Synectics Information and examples of how to utilize Synectics.
Bloom's Taxonomy Understanding the use of Bloom's Taxonomy.


Additional Resources
Additional Resources Description
Service Learning Saddleback College Service Learning webpage to inform, encourage, and support faculty to integrate in their courses.
Institute for Teaching & Learning Faculty resources for Best Practices in Online Teaching, building better syllabi, and more.
Professional Development Professional Development activities for all faculty.
ON COURSE Strategies for Empowering Students to Become Active, Responsible Learners


Tools for Learning

Tools to support Learning Skills.

General Learning Skills

Online Tools Descriptions

Study Skills for Student Success


Here you will find tools to help make your textbook work for you, how to use a dictionary and more.
Study Technique Classes APSY 161A & APSY 161B provide students with learning and study techniques.
Various Study Techniques A variety of different study techniques that aide learning.
Effective Study Techniques Learn the SQR3 method for studying.
Time Management Learn effective ways to best organize time for studying.
Memorization Techniques Learn effective way to memorize class material.
Test Preparation Tools Tools to help prepare for tests.
How to Get the Most Out of Studying A video about how to get the most out of studying.
Khan Academy Learn almost anything.


English Learning Skills

English Tools Description
English Skill Classes Available A listing of English classes with description to help with spelling, reading and more.
Featured Saddleback College English Classes A listing of featured classes to Sharpen your skills and prepare for Academic Success.
ESL Helpful Resources Various ESL class listing, skill sets by Instructor Dolores Schultz at Saddleback College.
Writing a Research Paper Helpful tips for writing research papers.


Math Learning Skills

Math Tools Description
Math Exam Prep Information about preparing for Math Exams.
Algebra2go Instructor Larry Perez's website with helpful Algebra tips.
Success in Math Helpful Math study skills.
Math Study Skills A list of some helpful study skills for Math.