REDWOODS COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT Meeting of the Basic Skills Committee

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REDWOODS COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT Meeting of the Basic Skills Committee April 5, 2013 FM 107 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. AGENDA

BSC Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve the retention, persistence, and success of basic skills students

BSC Scope/Function

To recommend and support educational programs, student support services, and matriculation policies that enhance retention, persistence, and academic success of basic skills students. administrative, student services, and instructional programs. education. completion. 5.

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Call to Order Approve Notes 4.

Action Items 3.1 Approve Mendocino BSI funding proposal 3.2 Approve Travel funds for Community of Practice trainings Discussion Items 4.1 Update on addressing Basic Skills course and financial aid issue Reports 4.2 Support from BSC to support development of curriculum, software, equipment for noncredit basic skills courses Adjournment CCCONFER PARTICIPANT DETAILS > Dial your telephone conference line: (888) 450-4821 > Cell phone users dial: 719-785-4469 > Enter your passcode: 430197

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REDWOODS COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT Meeting of the Basic Skills Committee March 22, 2013, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm FM 107 AGENDA and Notes

BSC Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve the retention, persistence, and success of basic skills students

BSC Scope/Function

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instructional programs. To provide professional development regarding effective practices in developmental education.

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Call to Order Approve March 1, 2013 Notes:

Corrections were made.

Action Items 3.1 Award Funds for BSI Proposals:

The Peloso Lexia proposal was approved. Vinnie will try to see if the vendor can change the billing to align with the college’s academic calendar. The Reis proposal was held pending further discussion with the math department faculty.

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Discussion Items 4.1 3CSN Feedback:

Vinnie will forward a general feedback summary to the presenter.

4.2 Moving Some Basic Skills Classes to Community Education

Keith shared the concern raised by the Director of Financial Aid about a possible problem with the financial aid eligibility of students enrolled in certain basic skills courses. In reviewing the Federal Student Aid Handbook, dated April 2012, regulation cite 34CFR 668.20, the Director of Financial Aid found that courses aimed at building foundational skills in reading, writing and mathematics must be at a certain educational level to qualify for financial aid funding. The language from the Federal Student Aid Handbook states: A remedial course cannot be below the educational level needed for a student to successfully pursue her program after one year in that course. Also, remedial courses must be at least at the high school level, as determined by the state legal authority, your school’s accrediting agency, or the state agency recognized for approving public postsecondary vocational education. If that agency determines that a remedial class is at the elementary level, the school must abide by that determination, and the class cannot be included for FSA purposes. The Director of Financial Aid is concerned that our Reading 360, and possibly Math 372 and English 350 courses may not be considered “at least at the high school” level.

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The BSC agreed that the Reading 360 and Math372 are below high school level (elementary level) and therefore shouldn’t be included in student financial aid. The committee is uncertain about English 350 and Math 376—which may be three levels below transfer. Math 380 is two levels below transfer. Keith suggested moving forward with transitioning Reading 360 and Math 372 to community education or non-credit. Keith will set up a meeting with Julie Peterson to uncover options and requirements. The BSC stressed the importance of building pedagogical bridges between credit and noncredit.

4.3 Strategies to Improve Basic Skills Student Success 5. Reports 6. Introduction of new, temporary IR staff:

Angelina introduced the new temporary IR support staff member.

7. 8. Adjournment Next meeting

Lynn Thiesen discussion of basic skills/financial aid issue. Potential survey questions

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