ERIC Number: ED479522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
A Survey of Effective Practices in Basic Skills.
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.
In its fall 2002 session, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges passed a resolution seeking support for policies that will improve instruction and student support services for underprepared students. This document aims to provide a basis for improving basic skills instruction and services by providing a survey of the current literature that discusses the most effective practices in basic skills found throughout the nation and practices in the California community colleges that model these effective practices. The literature discussed herein is organized according to Boylan (2002) into these four categories: (1) Programs Structures; (2) Instructional Interventions and Academic Support Services; (3) Faculty and Staff Development; and (4) Program Evaluation. The document lists the recommendations made by the Academic Senate, including the following: (1) local senates should lead their faculty and administration to view basic skills instruction as central to the community college mission; (2) they should study the basic skills programs in their colleges and support basic skills instructors and program leaders; and (3) they should lead the college to take a more global approach to the instruction of basic skills students so that faculty from all areas participate in an across-the-curriculum approach to basic skills learners. Research instrument attached. (Contains 33 references.) (NB)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Educational Policy, Financial Support, Instruction, Integrated Curriculum, Mathematics Skills, Outcomes of Education, Reading Skills, Skill Development, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Writing Skills
For full text: http://www.academicsenate.cc.ca.us/Publications/Papers/ Downloads/PDFs/BasicSkillsEffective.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Board of Governors.
Authoring Institution: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.
Note: "Adopted Spring 2003."