Basic Skills Initiative
To assist Basic Skills and ESL students at SJCC to achieve levels of success by providing ongoing information and support to faculty, staff and administration based on best practices and research driven data. To meet this goal, the basic Skills Initiative Group shall meet on a regular basis to make recommendation to the Academic Senate related to the planning, implementation, assessment and funding of the projects and goals related to the Basic Skills Initiative on our campus.
The Basic Skills Initiative Committee reports directly to the SJCC Academic Senate.
The mission of San Jose City College is to effect social justice by providing open and equitable access to quality education and programs that both challenge and prepare individuals for successful careers and active participation in a diverse, global society.
To fulfill our commitment to student learning and to assist students of all ages and backgrounds in achieving their education, employment, and life-long learning goals, we can offer the following:
Two year college degrees and certificatesLower-division transfer and general education coursesBasic skills and English as a Second language instructionCareer and technology training
Two year college degrees and certificates
Lower-division transfer and general education courses
Basic skills and English as a Second language instruction
Career and technology training
San Jose City College established 6 strategic goals in 2010. These goals are:
Goal 1: Promote Student SuccessGoal 2: Expand Partnership with Our External CommunitiesGoal 3: Enhance Employee DevelopmentGoal 4: Foster Cultural CompetenceGoal 5: Increase Campus SafetyGoal 6: Expand Resource Development
Goal 1: Promote Student Success
Goal 2: Expand Partnership with Our External Communities
Goal 3: Enhance Employee Development
Goal 4: Foster Cultural Competence
Goal 5: Increase Campus Safety
Goal 6: Expand Resource Development
GUIDING PRINCIPLES Committee members are expected to represent the best interests of the Basic Skills/ESL students within their disciplines, departments and/or divisions. From that initial point, members will then work in an open and collaborative environment toward consensus on recommendations that will serve the best interests of the Basic Skills/ESL student of our campus.
MEMBERSHIP 2 Faculty - From each department/area related to Basic Skills/ESL (English, ESL, Reading, Math, Counseling, and Vocational)
VP Academic Affairs
Deans - From each department/area related to Basic Skills/ESL (Language Arts, Math, Counseling, and Applied Science)
Other faculty, staff, and administration concerned with issues related to our Basic Skills/ESL students are encouraged to join the committee. The Basic Skills Initiative Advisory Group members will elect the chair annually.
Agenda and minutes will be emailed to all members of the campus community at least 72 hours in advance of meetings.
Committee actions should be decided by consensus; however, in the rare instance of a vote, the final decision will be made by the majority vote, with a quorum of members present. For voting purposes only, each department/area will be limited to a total of two faculty votes; the VP of Academic Affairs and the dean will each have one vote.
Only active members of the Basic Skills Initiative Advisory Group will be able to vote. An “active member” is defined as one that has attended at least 70% of the meetings over the course of the academic year.
The BSI Committee meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 2:30-3:45pm in GE-118. The meeting dates for Spring 2016 are as follows:
March 9, 2016
All are welcome to attend.
SJCC Basic Skills Focus Group Notes_06 29 15.pdf
BSI Spr 2015 Survey Results, Sample Population 1.pdf
Fa 2015 Spr 2016 and Su 2016 BSI Projects Approved.pdf
Duncan GrahamVP Academic Affairs
Roland MontemayorVP of Student Affairs
Jamie AlonzoDean Math & Science
Celia Cruz-Johnson, Chair Language Arts, Reading
Rachel Hagan Counseling
Linda Meyer Language Arts, Library
Leslie TakeiLanguage Arts, ESL
Language Arts, ESL
Claudia Amador, Academic Affairs
Angela Gullerud, METAS Program
BSI Project Proposal Application for Fall 2015.docx
Conference Funding Applications
BSI Conference Funding Application 2016
SJCC Conference Attendance Form
2013-2014 BSI Committee Agendas and Minutes
2012-2013 BSI Committee Agendas and Minutes