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LAVC Foundational Skills Committee Title

What is the Foundational Skills Committee?

 


Los Angeles Valley College’s Foundational Skills Committee was established to address the California Community College Basic Skills Initiative (CCCBSI). The CCCBSI focuses on "the need to provide basic skills, and by extension English as a Second Language (ESL), education to students underprepared for college-level work, including those unable to pass the California High School Exit Exam; address the unmet needs of the California Community College System in the area of basic skills education as noted in the 2006 System Office Strategic Plan; and attend to the professional development needs of community college faculty as they seek to provide basic skills courses/programs in their efforts to ensure students succeed" (http://www.cccbsi.org/about_).

 

What’s been happening at LAVC?

 

Fall 2013-Spring 2014

 

  • Establish an inquiry group to analyze drops in term-to-term persistence for Foundational English, ESL, and math courses.
  • Develop an outline for an accelerated English course that combines English 21 and English 28 into one course.
  • Expand and improve tutoring for foundational skills students in math and English, and ESL by increasing staffing in the tutoring centers, providing additional workshops on essential academic skills, and enhancing tutor training. 
  • Continuation of dedicated counseling for foundational skills courses. 
  • Support training for Reading Apprenticeship.
  • Finalize implementation plan for Foundational Skills Pathway Assessment

 

Fall 2012-Spring 2013

  • Launching of pilot program for accelerated English. English 33 and English 21 have been redesigned as one four unit course called English 98
  • Development of pre-assessment materials to help prepare students for the assessment test
  • Inquiry into development of math lab course to assist students on accelerated math track
  • Development of implementation plan for Foundational Skills pathway assessment
  • Inquiry into accelerated English course that combines English 21 and 28 
  • Continuation of additional tutorial staffing for academic support labs
  • Continuation of dedicated counseling for foundational skills courses 

 

Fall 2011-Spring 2012

  • Launching of pilot program for accelerated math. Students take Math 110 in the fall and Math 115/125 in the spring alongside Personal Development one
  •  Continuation of dedicated counseling for foundational skills courses both credit and non credit
  •  Continuation of embedded tutoring for foundational skills courses
  • Continuation of additional tutorial staffing for academic support labs
  • Expand Student Success Jamboree for spring semester
  • Continuation of PLATO software to assist students with foundational skills
  • Launching of awareness campaign regarding the importance of preparation for the assessment test.

 

Fall 2010- Spring 2011

  •  Planning for pilot program for PACT (Pathways Academy for Completion and Transfer): Students enroll and complete foundational math and English courses in one year using a learning community model
  •  Continuation of dedicated counseling for foundational skills courses both credit and non credit
  •  Continuation of embedded tutoring for foundational skills courses
  • Continuation of additional tutorial staffing for academic support labs
  •  Citizenship clinics and computer workshops offered through Continuing Education
  • Summer bridge program for English courses offered through Calworks
  • Continuation of PLATO software to assist students with foundational skills
  • Continuation of ongoing professional development workshops related to foundational skills

 Fall 2009 – Spring 2010

Launching of dedicated counseling for foundational skills courses

  • Classroom Presentations
  • Counseling Appointments
  •  Student Education Plans

Launching of embedded tutoring for foundational skills courses

  •  Pilot project with instructors in English, ESL, and Continuing Education courses
  •  Peer tutors spend three hours in the classroom and two hours outside of the classroom per week

 Faculty Inquiry Groups/Curriculum Development Projects

  • English Composition Committee Curriculum Alignment/Learning Identity Project for English 28
  •  Math Curriculum Development project in conjunction with district wide FACCTS project

 

Spring 2008 - Spring 2009:

Numerous projects identified in LAVC's action plans launched, including the following:

  •   Inclusion of Foundational Skills in the College Mission Statement
  •  Creation of Foundational Skills Advisory Committee
  •  Professional Development workshops with experts in the field to address curriculum and pedagogy
  •  Implementation of classroom assessment techniques using clickers
  • Curriculum alignment with Continuing Education program
  • CRLA accreditation for tutor training in the Writing Center
  • Acquisition of specialized software to assist students with foundational skills

 

Foundational Skills Committee Mission Statement:

 

Los Angeles Valley College’s Foundational Skills Initiative provides a comprehensive and integrated college-wide approach giving students the necessary skills and support to successfully complete their classes and move through a cohesive sequence of college courses. With a combination of academic support, student services, and professional development for faculty, students will be better able to reach their educational goals, whether those be the attainment of certificates, AA degrees, transfer, career advancement, or self improvement.

 

 

 

 


Committee Members
Steve Barakat                 Lilit Davoyan
Deborah diCesare
Lisa DiDonato
Patrick Hunter
John Kawai         Margaret Sarkissian
Scott Weigand



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