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ERIC Number: ED549343
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 140
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-0701-6
California Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) Regional Networks as Self-Sustaining Communities of Practice
Mullen, Adrienne Ann
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles
The Basic Skills Report for California Community Colleges (2007) stresses the importance of comprehensive training and development opportunities for all faculty (tenured and part-time), administrators and staff members who work with underprepared students. With such a large number of academically underprepared students entering the community college system, the ESL/Basic Skills Professional Development Grant (2008) was developed by the California Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) in 2008 to address the fact that few of the 100,000 faculty, administrators, and staff of the California community colleges had received any type of preparation or training to address the needs of basic skills students at the classroom, program, or institutional level. The ESL/Basic Skills Professional Development Grant Progress Report (2009) outlines the considerable need for faculty to learn and practice effective teaching strategies used in the classroom with a diverse group of students at various academic levels. The objectives for the ESL/Basic Skills Professional Development Grant are centered on establishing communities of practice to address faculty needs across regions, institutions, and classrooms in order to impact student success. The goal of my four regional network case studies was to understand the role of the regional coordinators in facilitating the original BSI regional networks into communities of practice, to understand the impact the network has had on student success, and to identify the critical elements a regional network must possess in order to sustain itself once the regional coordinator position is eliminated. In interviewing the regional coordinators, BSI campus coordinators, and 3CSN leadership team members over a three-week period, I have summarized the characteristics and practices of the regional networks. The Bay Area Regional Network information is not included in chapter 4 nor in chapter 5, due to the limited responses from the participants. After several attempts to contact BSI campus coordinators and the North Bay Area RC, the study focused primarily on Los Angeles, Sacramento/Central Valley and San Diego. The information collected on the Bay Area is included in Appendix F. This study adds to the literature on communities of practice at the postsecondary level. Communities of practice traditionally have been implemented in the business sector, online or at a particular school site location for a specified time period. It is unique that the 3CSN regional networks are not isolated to a particular location or group of individuals. The findings show how the networks have emerged from a vision, through various degrees of implementation, to the current focus-driven agenda, and how that agenda affects sustainability and elimination of the regional coordinators. The recommendations from these case studies provide a framework for future CoP to be developed into a network of support for faculty, staff, and administrators across the California community colleges and ultimately improve student outcomes and build student success. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California