Basic Skills


The Las Positas College Basic Skills Committee is committed to providing students with the foundation they need to succeed in higher education and the 21st Century. For many of our students, this means strengthening those basic skills in reading, writing, mathematics, learning skills, study skills, and English as a Second Language. The Basic Skills Committee believes that students continually strengthen their skills throughout their college experience and in the different disciplines. Improving basic skills requires the college to work together across departments, disciplines and services.


The Basic Skills Committee works to improve student success, equity and access by supporting innovations in our academic programs and student services. Our mission is to produce large-scale, measurable, and sustainable improvements for students. To accomplish its mission, the Basic Skills committee will focus on 5 long-term goals:


  • Get students off to a strong start:
    • Effective orientation
    • Accurate assessment
    • Student education planning (SEPs)
    • Early placement into Math, Eng or ESL
  • Improve 1st year student completion and persistence
  • Improve student progression through basic skills to college-level coursework
  • Increase the use of disaggregated data to inform discussions and decision-making around students' needs
  • Provide faculty and staff professional development directly related to student success, equity and access.

Committee Charge:

The Basic Skills committee reports to the Academic Senate.  The Basic Skills committee is responsible for the following in Basic Skills:

  • Gathering, reviewing and assessing data on student success
  • Identifying, coordinating & publicizing best practices for meeting students’ educational needs
  • Planning and creating strategies for removing barriers & addressing educational gaps
  • Supporting innovation in process and instruction

Basic Skills

4th Wednesdays
Location: 2411A

Michelle Gonzales
(925) 424-1218
Ashley McHale
(925) 424-1351

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