Whereas, The Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) funding supports a majority of our student populations and a higher degree of diversity by serving students who are typically underserved, from lower socioeconomic populations, and students of color;
Whereas, Current statewide evidence indicates that California community colleges have inadequate support for basic skills courses and that strategies supported and promoted by the Basic Skills Initiative, such as First Year Experience, summer basic skills courses, summer acceleration programs, and numerous noncredit basic skills courses, have been cut to a great extent due to cuts to BSI funding; and
Whereas, “Flexibility” of basic skills funding will most likely contribute to the loss of basic skills courses, support, and success;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges affirm that Basic Skills Initiative funding should be used solely for basic skills strategies determined at the local level.
MSC Disposition: Local Senates, Consultation Council
The Senate communicated the sentiments expressed in this resolution with the Chancellor's Office, Legislature, local senates, and other constituent groups.