Most first-time community college students are not prepared to succeed in college-level courses without one or more courses in basic skills to develop necessary reading, writing, and mathematics skills. The mission to provide basic skills is directed at a vast number of students who enter our community colleges today. To serve these students as well as we can, we must encourage faculty, administrators, and others in decision-making positions to employ effective practices so that under-prepared students may complete transfer and occupational programs within a reasonable timeframe. This paper is intended to provide a basis for improving basic skills instruction and services by providing readers with a survey of current literature discussing the most effective practices in basic skills found throughout the nation and practices in the California community colleges that model these effective practices.
Basic Skills Committee