How much does college matter for getting ahead in America? Having a postsecondary education—broadly defined as a credential beyond a high school diploma—continues to be one of the most important factors in getting a good job and advancing in the workforce. By one estimate, 64 percent of jobs in 2018 will require more than a high school diploma, although not necessarily a four-year degree.
For each year of postsecondary education, an adult is more likely to be employed, earn family-sustaining wages, lead a healthier life, and have children who are better prepared to succeed in school. The country, too, benefits from a more educated workforce. Studies of the return on government investments in education (at all levels, not just K-12) show that it is a sound use of public funds. Critical federal programs, such as funding for student aid and job training, can help lower-skilled adults and youth access postsecondary education, but important policy choices that support their success and completion can be made at the state and local levels. State-level innovations can include: instructional strategies that provide a strong foundation in occupational skills required for jobs in the local economy; acceleration strategies that help students progress further and more quickly in education and training programs in a shorter period of time than traditional approaches, and funding formulas, assessment policies, and other administrative policies that support a statewide
vision to provide adults and youth with pathways to better jobs through postsecondary education. What do you think? We would like to hear from you.....
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Literature Review and Overview of Institutional ExamplesThe approach to conducting the study combined the intense work of a group of associates of the Center for Student Success with iterative reviews of each of the three work products by a panel of faculty with extensive expertise in basic skills. In addition, drafts of each work product were reviewed by Dr. Carole Bogue-Feinour, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, California Community Colleges System Office, and Dr. John Nixon, Vice President of Instruction, Mt. San Antonio College.
For the purposes of this study, the following working definition of basic skills was established:
Basic skills are those foundation skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and English as a Second Language, as well as learning skills and study skills, which are necessary for students to succeed in college-level work.In order to establish criteria for “effective” practices, this document adopted a variation of Hunter Boylan’s definition of best practice, modified as follows:
“Effective practices” refer to organizational, administrative, instructional, or support activities engaged in by highly successful programs, as validated by research and literature sources relating to developmental education.Over 250 references, spanning more than 30 years, were reviewed, making this the most comprehensive review of literature in the area of basic skills conducted in California community colleges to date. Study after study by a multitude of researchers confirms a consistent set of elements that commonly characterize effective developmental education programs. These elements can be organized under the broad categories of organizational and administrative practices, program components, staff development, and instructional practices. A total of 26 effective practices emerged under these four major categories and are listed below.
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Basic Skills Initiative for California Community Colleges
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Basic skills are those foundation skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and English as a Second Language, as well as learning skills and study skills, which are necessary for students to succeed in college-level work? Share your thoughts, we like to hear from you...
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Lessons Learned from the Basic Skills Initiative (2006 to 2009)While we have learned a great deal from the Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) and basic skills data (which indicate room for improvement, sometimes overwhelming need for improvement within specific student populations), one thing is clear: the California Community College System has not failed in addressing student needs. Rather the overwhelming demographic shifts, the enormous diversity within those demographics, the major academic gaps in new students and the increasing needs for a skilled workforce have simply outstripped our resource capacity. READ MORE....... http://www.cccbsi.org/
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
This is a suggest for the Palo Verde College basic skills program. As a senior student, I would like to suggest that we need a better system for teaching the older student about computer knowledge. This era is moving faster than the older student can adapt. I also hate the Hawks Learning System, as a student with learning disabilities, it is hard for me to succeeded with my math requirements. the teacher and counselor do what they can but they need more help, more face-to-face teaching.
Terry Milburn #101325
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
BSI: A Collaborative Project Driven by the System’s Strategic Plan
The Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) was a grant funded initiative from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) which began in 2006 as part of the strategic planning process. The goal of the BSI was to improving student access and success. The Strategic Plan guides California Community Colleges as they serve over 2.9 million students annually at 110 colleges. The BSI was a part of Strategic Plan Goal Area 2- Student Success and Readiness (http://strategicplan.cccco.edu/). The project addressed credit and noncredit basic skills as well as adult education and programs designed to help underprepared students.
A two-pronged approach by BSI created an environment for unprecedented accomplishments in Basic Skills. One prong of this plan allocated colleges supplemental funding to specifically address basic skills needs. This funding was guided by locally developed action plans documenting usage of the funding. The outcomes of the BSI are tracked using the Accountability Report for Community Colleges (ARCC), specifically the ARCC Basic Skills report.
The other prong took the shape of a Professional Development Grant which was designed to address training needs for faculty and staff in basic skills, and English as a Second Language (ESL). A brief review of the timeline and accomplishments are included in the graphic attached.
The Basic Skills Professional Development Grant provided 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 in both credit and noncredit instruction.
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BSI Meeting Fall 2012
Call to Order -
I. Approval of Minutes May 24th , 2012
II. Additions or changes to Agenda
III. Chair – Report
1. “State of BSI at PVC” – update financial/operations/key achievements
2. Preparation of the upcoming report due October 10th, 2012
3. Key projects to be undertaken in Fall/Spring 2012 – 2013
1. Math – Planning and changes – Sandra/Biju
2. Reading – Planning and changes – Teh-Min
3. English – Planning and changes – Sioux
4. Counseling – Planning and changes – Peter/Victor
5. Supplemental Skills - Planning and changes - Biju
V. Next meeting – September 27th, 2012 @ 3:00 pm CL 223 – Chemistry Lab