Survey of Effective Practices in Basic Skills

Basic Skills Committee

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.