Basic Skills Committee
On this page you can find past information from the committee. When items are changed on the main webpages, the major changes are captured here as historical record.
PLEASE NOTE: Information/documents may be obsolete.
Edit: "Facilitating the implementation & evaluation of Senate approved proposals" was struck from the committee's charge in 2016-17.
- Michelle Gonzales, Co-chair
- Ashley McHale, Co-chair
- *Julia McGurk, ESL Department
- *Angelo Bummer, English Department
- *Jennie Graham, Mathematics Department
- *Frances Hui, Library
- *Angella VenJohn, Counseling
- Don Miller, Dean, Arts & Humanities
- Erick Bell, History Department
- Brandon Byrne, LPC Student Government
*Indicates voting members
- Michelle Gonzales, Co-chair
- Ashley McHale, Co-chair
- Jonathan Brickman, ESL Department
- Justin Garoupa, English Department
- Jennie Graham, Math Department
- Frances Hui, Library
- Angella VenJohn, Counseling
- Don Miller, Dean, ALSS
- Brandon Byrne, ASLPC student representative
- Rajinder Samra, Institutional Research
This academic year (2015-16), the Basic Skills Committee is considering several areas for financial support.
Our goals include:
- Create Basic Skills program marketing materials and apparatus that will fully include and support ESL
- Revise the implementation of multiple measures placement in English & Math
- Continue financial Support of Math Jam and encourage full institutionalization
- Support Student Support/Tutorial Center and encourage full institutionalization
- Create basic skills professional development opportunities
- BaSk Minutes 04/27/15
- BaSk Minutes 03/23/15
- BaSk Minutes 02/23/15
- BaSk Minutes 01/26/15
- BaSk Minutes 09/22/14
- BaSk Agenda 04/28/14
- BaSk Agenda 03/24/14
- BaSk Agenda 02/24/14
- BaSk Agenda 01/27/14
- BaSk Agenda 11/25/13
- BaSk Agenda 10/28/13
- BaSk Agenda 09/23/13
- BaSk Agenda 08/27/12
- LPC Curriculum Committee Prerequisite Policy_Draft
- 2012 BS Reporting Master Final
- BaSk Agenda 09/24/12
- 2012 BS Reporting Las Positas DRAFT 09/19/12
- BASIC SKILLS Cohort Tracking SUMMARY
- Protected_BASIC SKILLS Cohort Tracking ENGLISH
- Protected_BASIC SKILLS Cohort Tracking MATH
- BaSk Agenda 11/26/12
- BaSk Agenda 01/28/13
- Repeater Policy Language for Students - Math Department Example
BaSk Agenda 02/25/13
Please review Intitutional Project mid-term progress reports prior to meeting:
- Math X Curriculum Revisions (Kristy Woods)
- Embedded Counseling (Angella VenJohn)
- Tutorial Center (Pauline Trummel)
- Puente English 105 (Michelle Gonzales)
- SEPs for Special Populations (Heike Gecox)
- Reading and Writing Center Coordinator (Richard Dry)
- BaSk Minutes 08/27/12
- BaSk suggested revisions to LPC Curriculum Committee Prerequisite Policy Draft
- BaSk Minutes 09/24/12
- BaSk Minutes 11/2612
- BaSk Minutes 01/28/13
- BaSk Minutes 02/25/13
Removed from "Resources" page 2/28/17:
Student Success Task Force
SB 1456 is proposed legislation that puts some of the Student Success Task Force Recommendations into law.
Legislative updates on this bill can be found at leginfo.ca.gov
Learning Communities Workshop: Different Learning Community Models. (Link to videos; 9/30/09). Provided by Las Positas College Faculty. Co-sponsored by the BaSk and Staff Development.
Research on Math and English Placement Trends and Subsequent Course Enrollment(November, 2009). Provided by Drs. Machamer and Holthuis, Las Positas College Office of Institutional Research and Planning.
Research_Report_on Success_in_English_and_Math_by_Repeater (January 2010). Provided by Drs. Machamer and Holthuis, Las Positas College Office of Institutional Research and Planning.
Basic Skills Goals 2009-2010 (.doc)
- Minutes September 14 2011
- Minutes September 28 2011
- Minutes October 26 2011
- Minutes November 30 2011
- Minutes February 8, 2012
- Minutes February 22, 2012
- Minutes March 14, 2012
- Minutes March 28, 2012
- Minutes April 25, 2012
- September 8
- September 22
- October 13
- October 27
- November 10
- December 8
- February 9 - Teaching Roundtable
- English/Health Learning Community: A model for inter-disciplinary integration of basic skills and GE transfer coursework.
- February 23
- March 9 - Teaching Roundtable
- Faculty Inquiry: The inquiry cycle and the work of the LPC Faculty Inquiry Network (FIN) team.
- March 23
- April 13 - Teaching Roundtable
- Double Bill - Embedded Counseling: Proactively inserting counseling services into academic classrooms AND Supplemental Instruction (SI): A student assistance program in which "super-tutors" lead group learning sessions for students in traditionally difficult courses.
- April 27
- August 26, 2009 & Basic Skills Goals: 5-Year Plan
- September 9, 2009 & Brief History of Basic Skills
- September 30, 2009 Learning Communities Open House Presentations captured on VIDEO
- October 14, 2009 & 2009-2010 ESL Basic Skills Action Plan and Expenditure Plan (pdf)
- The 2009-2010 Action Plan and Expenditure Plan was recommended by the BaSk Committee to the Academic Senate on October 14, 2009. The Academic Senate took action and approved the plan as submitted at their October 28, 2009 meeting.
- November 11, 2009 & Report to LPC Basic Skills Committee from Office of Institutional Research and Planning highlighting Research on Math and English Placement Trends and Subsequent Course Enrollment
- January 27, 2010
- February 10, 2010 & Assessment: 2010 and Beyond presentation (pdf)
- February 24, 2010 & Research Report on Success in English and Math by Repeater (pdf)
- March 10, 2010
- March 24, 2010
- April 14, 2010
- April 28, 2010
- May 12, 2010
Reports to Senate
- Report 9/9/2009
- Report 9/23/2009
- Report 10/14/2009
- Report 10/28/2009
- Report 11/11/2009
- Report 2/10/2010
Basic skills committee 2009-10 through 2011-12
During this time, the Basic Skills committee explored both what and how to fund projects that met its goals and mission to improve 1st year student completion and persistence and improve student progression through basic skills to college-level coursework. Each year, the committee made a call for proposals and chose to fund those projects which scored highest on a rubric created to rate each proposal on the criteria set by the Basic Skills Initiative and the college's goals. The activities for those years are summarized here.
Basic Skills Projects
The Basic Skills Committees supports both practitioner projects and institutional projects that have the potential to produce positive outcomes for our basic skills students.
Practitioner Projects are those proposed by faculty and/or staff. Practitioner Projects are typically smaller in scale and shorter in duration. The maximum amount of funding that Basic Skills will provide for these projects is $3,000. Practitioner Projects require a Final Report to be submitted upon completion. These projects are typically funded upon completion. Faculty and staff are welcome to submit a Project Proposal that specifically aligns with one of the Basic Skills Goals.
Institutional Projects are those proposed by administrators including Deans, VPs and the President. Institutional Projects are larger in scale (may include multiple departments and/or a high degree of integration between Academic Services and Student Services) and longer in duration (may last 1 year or more). These projects address systemic barriers to student success. The maximum amount of funding that Basic Skills will provide is $12,000. Institutional Projects require a Midterm Progress Report and a Final Report. Administrators are welcome to submit a Project Proposal that specifically aligns with one of the Basic Skills Goals.
Basic Skills Projects must address Basic Skills 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.
Basic Skills Project Proposal (*updated for 2012-2013):
- Project Proposal Guidelines (.doc) - includes a description of the proposal process and timeline.
- Project Proposal (.doc) - gets submitted to the committe for consideration.
- Project Proposal Rubric (.doc) - the tool that the Basic Skills Committee will use to evaluate your application.
- Summary of Project Proposals Received and Reviewed by Committee
Institutional projects that have been implemented and/or funded through basic skills in the past include: embedded counseling, learning communities, tutorial services, supplemental instruction, and professional development opportunities. A number of exciting practitioner projects have been funded as well. Go to the Past Projects link to learn more about these past projects.
The Basic Skills Committee has funded both Institutional Projects and Practitioner Projects over the past few years. Below are links to information/reports regarding some of these projects.
Institutional projects that have been implemented and/or funded through basic skills include: embedded counseling, learning communities, tutorial services and supplemental instruction, assessment website updates, and professional development opportunities.
- Embedded Counseling
- Learning Communities
- Tutorial Services and Supplemental Instruction
- Professional Development
- Institutional Expectations for Learning Communities
A variety of Practitioner Projects are funded each year. A few of projects include: ESL in the ILC, Creating Collaborative and Holistic Writing Center Projects, Reading and Writing (RAW) Videos, Poetry for Basic Skills Students, Contextualized Math for Early Childhood Development Students. Click on the link to read about these exciting projects!
2008-2009 and 2007-2008 Learning Skills Taskforce
Basic Skills Information
- Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) Self Assessment (35k Word)
- Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) Self Assessment Funding-Planning-Repeated Interests (558K Word)
- Minutes Learning TF 11-6-07
- Meeting Dates 07-08
- MEMO - 4-11-08 to all Faculty re Funding
- Agenda Learning TF 4-13-07
- Agenda - 7-7-08