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1 Supporting Student Success: The Basic Skills Initiative at Fullerton College Where Have We Been, and Where Are We Going?

2 Purpose of the Presentation 1. Background and planning process of the Basic Skills Student Success Steering Committee (BSSSSC) 2. Current areas of focus with some preliminary program feedback/data 3. Discussion of future directions/trends for Basic Skills

3 Background and Planning Process of the Basic Skills Initiative and the BSSSSC Purpose # 1

4 Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) The BSI aims to create innovative programs which incorporate the following categories of action: Program, Curriculum Planning and Development Student Assessment Advisement and Counseling Services Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring Course Articulation Instructional Materials and Equipment Other purposes directly related to the enhancement of basic skills, ESL instruction, and related student services programs

5 Basic Skills Definition According to the Basic Skills as a Foundation for Student Success in California Community Colleges (AKA “The Poppy Copy”): “Basic skills are those foundation skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and English as a Second Language, as well as learning skills and study skills which are necessary for students to succeed in college-level work.”

6 Fullerton College Placement Test Results Assessed Below Transfer Level ~ Fall 2007 NumberPercentage English3, % Mathematics3, % Reading3, % Note: Results are for all assessments administered between 4/1/2007 and 9/1/2007 Adapted from a report prepared by Dr. Kenneth A. Meehan, Ph.D. on June 17, 2009

7 Basic Skills Initiative Yearly Allocations Each year the state discusses whether to remove categorical restrictions of these funds which increases uncertainty.

8 Established Goals: Initial Planning Established the Basic Skills Student Success Steering Committee (BSSSSC) Created goals and objectives Created action plans Initiated a proposal process for project innovation

9 Established Goals: Ongoing Planning Examination of best practices at Fullerton College and other California Community Colleges Engagement in the statewide California Community Colleges Success Network (3CSN) Participation in and hosting of regional discussions/ workshops on relevant topics Logic modeling Data collection Program evaluation Facilitation of new innovations

10 Current Areas of Focus with Some Preliminary Program Feedback/Data Purpose # 2

11 Focus Area # 1: Tutoring and Student Support Graduate Student Internship Program Specialized ESL Tutoring Mathematics Enhanced Tutoring Program Academic Support for Student Athletes Program Umoja Community

12 Graduate Student Internship Program COURSE GSI SECTIONSOTHER SECTIONS ENROLLRETENTSUCCESSRET RATE SUCC RATEENROLLRETENTSUCCESS RET RATE SUCC RATE ANTH %63% %63% ENGL %81% %55% ENGL %61% %61% ENGL %67% %61% ENGL %61% %65% ENGL %46% %65% READ %65% %60% TOTAL % 63%4,6783,6942,953 79% 63% Spring 2010 GSI Enrollment, Retention and Success

13 Academic Support for Student Athletes Program (INCITE) Spring 2010 Academic Success and Retention : Study Hall Group (n = 50): Non-Study Hall Group (n = 59): Study Hall Group (without PE credits): Non-Study Hall Group (without PE credits): Total courses: Success (%): 79.22%55.69%70.06%43.98% Retained (%): 90.91%73.98%87.26%65.66%

14 Focus Area # 2: Staff Development Pipeline Graduate Student Internship Program Adjunct Training Program Teaching Excellence Program Conference Attendance Teaching and Learning Certificate (TLC) Workshops Faculty Inquiry Groups (FIGs)

15 Adjunct Training Program (ATP) Spring 2010 Faculty Survey

16 Focus Area # 3: BSI Infused into Content-area Courses Strategic Literacy Initiative Graduate Student Internship Program Cross-disciplinary conference teams Needs assessment surveys of content-area faculty

17 Workshops, Strategic Literacy Initiative and Graduate Student Internship Program Content-area Courses with a Basic Skills Graduate Student Intern ANTH 101 (Physical Anthropology) ANTH 102 (Cultural Anthropology) ENC 130 (Introduction to Oceanography) SOC 101 (Intro to Sociology) Workshop Attendance by Division Academic Services Business and CIS Counseling Fine Arts Humanities Library and Learning Resource Center Mathematics/Computer Science Natural Sciences Physical Education Social Sciences Technology and Engineering Divisions Involved in SLI Humanities Natural Sciences Mathematics and Computer Science Library Social Sciences Technology and Engineering

18 Focus Area # 4: First-year Experience Entering Scholars Program (ESP) “Fostering student success in the freshman year is the most significant intervention an institution can make in the name of student persistence.” Andi Levitz and Lee Noel. “Connecting Students to Institutions: Keys to Retention and Success.” ML Upcraft, J. Gardner and Associates, The Freshman Year Experience. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1989.

19 ESP Program Goals

20 ESP Principles and Practices The following compenents are infused into basic skills classes: Faculty and tutor training Tutors (in and out of class) Student Support Professional (SSP) one hour per week in class Social integration to encourage engagement and bonding Campus scavenger hunt to introduce services on campus SSP presentation on area of support services expertise Counselor visit to encourage educational planning Career and life planning center to introduce career interests Library workout to introduce information competency Ongoing: study skills incorporated into the curriculum

21 Entering Scholars Program Data Prepared by Dr. Kenneth A. Meehan, “Institutional Effectiveness, Fall 2010” Student Retention and Success in Basic Skills Courses Fall 2010 DepartmentEnrollmentRetentionSuccess English – All basic skills classes 2, %64.70% ESL – All basic skills classes %71.00% Mathematics – All basic skills classes 2, %53.20% Reading – All basic skills classes %69.20% Total – All basic skills classes 6, %60.80% Entering Scholars Program %72.30%

22 Purpose # 3: Future Directions/trends for Basic Skills Acceleration in developmental sequences Activities that encourage greater participation in matriculation Directed Learning Activities (DLAs) Faculty Inquiry Groups (FIGs)

23 Thank you!


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