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Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) Taskforce

RSCCD Mission: The mission of the Rancho Santiago Community College District is to provide quality educational programs and services that address the needs of our diverse students and communities.


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Santa Ana College Vision Themes: I. Student Achievement; II. Use of Technology; III. Innovation; IV. Community; V. Workforce Development; VI. Emerging American Community.


The mission of the BASIC SKILLS INITIATIVE (BSI) is to ensure that all students have equal access to and success in quality programs, services and classes that will help them obtain and enhance their foundational skills, enabling them to achieve their academic and career goals.  

Many Santa Ana College students need to develop collegiate-level skills in mathematics and/or English in order to be successful college students. To support these students, Santa Ana College is participating in the Basic Skills Initiative (BSI), a grant funded and directed by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. The Santa Ana College Basic Skills Initiative Taskforce provides leadership for all basic skills development efforts at Santa Ana College.

This website provides BSI Taskforce governance information, and is organized according to five primary strands.
  • Taskforce Strand A: Organizational and Administrative Practices
  • Taskforce Strand B: Program Components
  • Taskforce Strand C: Staff Development
  • Taskforce Strand D: Instructional Practices
  • Taskforce Strand E: SCE (SAC School of Continuing Education)

Five-Year Goals for ESL/Basic Skills at SAC (October, 2012)

A. Create and implement integrated academic support services for all students with standardized training and evaluation of tutors in all learning centers. 
B. We will see a five-year increase of 5% in the number of students who advance from three or fewer levels below transfer to qualify for transfer-level mathematics.
C. The percentage of Freshman Experience Program (FEP) and Fast Track students who advance from two levels below transfer in math to qualify for a transfer-applicable mathematics course in one academic year will increase 7-10% over the next five years. 
The work of the BSI Taskforce closely follows the research and guidelines set forth by the State of California. This information may be found at the California Community College Basic Skills Initiative website. (
For more information about the Taskforce and its mission, please contact:
Mary Huebsch
Basic Skills Coordinator
Communication Studies Professor, Santa Ana College
714 (564-6541) or
2015/2016 MEMBERSHIP
 Mary Huebsch - Coordinator
 Melanie Mowrer - Assistant Coordinator
 Sara Lundquist
 Micki Bryant
 Shelly Jaffray
 Christine Leon
 Sherry DeRosa
 Lynn Marecek
 Steve Bautista
 Rachel Sosta
 George Sweeney
 Elissa Hassel
 Matthew Beyersdorf
 Molly Colunga
 Martha Vargas
 Julia Vercelli
 Krystal Meier
 Katharine Walczak
 Elaine Pham
 Elliott Jones
 May 18, 2016 
 April 20, 2016 
 March 16, 2016 
 February 17, 2016 
 December 9, 2015 
 November 18, 2015 
 October 21, 2015 
 September 16, 2015 


Other Resources & Documents

Designing Purposeful  Integrative Learning Heuristic-Form-1.pdfDesigning Purposeful Integrative Learning Heuristic-Form-1.pdf

BSI AMS ReportF12.pdfBSI AMS ReportF12.pdf

BSI AMS Summary2012_13.pdfBSI AMS Summary2012_13.pdf


 ​​​SAC credit BSI 12-13 Report Sections 2 - 4 signed copy.pdfSAC credit BSI 12-13 Report Sections 2 - 4 signed copy.pdf

SAC non-credit BSI 12-13 Report Sections 2 - 4 signed copy.pdfSAC non-credit BSI 12-13 Report Sections 2 - 4 signed copy.pdf​​

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