Basic Skills Initiative

Basic Skills Initiative Committee

The Basic Skills Initiative Committee reports directly to the SJCC
Academic Senate. 


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 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 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 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.


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.

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.

Meeting Schedule

The BSI Committee meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 2:00 - 3:00pm in GE-118. The meeting  dates for fall 2014 are as follows:

September 4, 2014
September 18, 2014
October 2, 2014​2:00-3:00pm​GE-118
Otober 16, 2014​2:00-3:00pm​GE-118
November 6, 2014​3:15-4:15pm​GE-118
November 20, 2014
​December 4, 2014
​December 18, 2014

Below are the BSI documents, agendas, and minutes for your convenience. 



BSI Conference Funds Application Conference Funds ApplicationBasic Skills Documents
Basic Skills as a Foundation for Student Success in California Community Colleges, July 2007 (The Poppy Copy) Skills as a Foundation for Student Success in California Community Colleges, July 2007 (The Poppy Copy).pdfBasic Skills as a Foundation for Student Success in California Community Colleges, July 2007 (The Poppy Copy)Basic Skills Documents
California Student Success Final Report, January 12, 2012 Success Final Report, January 12, 2012.pdfCalifornia Student Success Final Report, January 12, 2012Basic Skills Documents
Request for Conference Attendance for Conference Attendance.docRequest for Conference AttendanceBasic Skills Documents
Strategic Goals Outline, July 13, 2012 Goals Outline, July 13, 2012.pdfStrategic Goals Outline, July 13, 2012Basic Skills Documents
2012 - 2013 Basic Skills Report - 2013 Basic Skills Report.pdf2012 - 2013 Basic Skills ReportBasic Skills Reports

Committee Composition

MSC Representatives

Duncan Graham
VP Academic Affairs

Keiko Kimura
Dean Language Arts

Roland Montemayor
Dean Counseling 

Faculty Representatives

Dong Mai Cao
Language Arts & ESL

Celia Cruz-Johnson
Language Arts & Reading

Rachel Hagan

Alejandro Lopez

Teresa McKimmey
Language Arts, English

Linda Meyer
Language Arts, Library

Ann Soman
Math & Science

Classified Representatives

Peiman Gheibi
Math & Science

Sandra Gonzalez
Academic Affairs

BSI Applications

BSI Funding Request

Conference Attendance Form

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