College Skills. Duncan Graham & Lucy Rodriguez November 5, 2008. Welcome!. Basic Skills ~ College Skills Definition:
Duncan Graham & Lucy Rodriguez
November 5, 2008
“Basic skills are those foundation skills in reading, writing, mathematics, & English as a Second Language, as well as learning skills & study skills, which are necessary for students to succeed in college-level work.” Source: Basic Skills as a Foundation for Student Success in California Community Colleges Report. March 2007. p.4.
Functional Literacy (Reading Street Signs / Balancing a Checkbook)
Losing high paying jobs to the global economy
Cleaned up curriculum database, courses, curriculum sheets, identified proper TOPS codes, definitions, prereqs
Students have transparent route to careers, degrees, transfer colleges, life enrichment…
Research: Capture data on where students get stuck or succeed.
“We found a college doing an intensive combined beginning & intermediate algebra course. It would be a fully loaded course (12 quarter units) & this is all the student would be doing. It's a similar idea to a language immersion course.”
“I learned that learning communities do not have to be elaborate to be effective, & have begun conversations …about doing some of that next quarter.”
“Based on the work of Ruth Stiehl, I learned how mapping a program illuminates the logic (or illogic) of course sequences, pre-requisites & student learning outcomes. This strategy is useful for program planning & curriculum development since it highlights how the themes & outcomes of a course align with those in other courses. Or not!”
Exposes additional problems to address
Improved student success, retention & persistence rates in ESL & beyond.
More consistent standards and streamlined learning.
More accurately places students in classes.
Students receive timely assistance in identifying and applying for appropriate sources of financial aid.