Basic Skills Committee By-laws
Cañada College is committed to empowering students with basic skills needs by teaching them the necessary academic skills, counseling them about educational and career opportunities, and providing them with necessary academic support.(ASGC-review mission to relate to reflect processes)
● Students can use the reading, writing, and computation skills necessary to succeed in transfer level courses
● With the assistance of a counselor, students will develop a Student Educational Plan by identifying and assessing educational opportunities at Cañada College
● Students can use the study skills necessary to succeed in transfer level courses
On a programmatic level, at Cañada College, basic skills courses are typically those courses in reading, writing, math, learning skills, study skills, English as a Second Language, and information literacy that are below college-level transfer.
● In concert with the appropriate campus stakeholders, evaluate the progress being made toward the accomplishment of the objectives stated in the BSI Action Plan and act as a resource for those implementing the planned actions
● Conduct annual review of the BSI Action Plan and Long-Term Goals, and recommend amendments as necessary
● Inform the campus and community about basic skills concepts, programs, resources, programs, and practices, and continue to integrate basic skills into the campus culture
● Enhance collaboration and communication between student services and instruction and among all programs and services related to basic skills
● Establish and sustain basic skills instruction and advising at all levels of the institution; collaborate with departments to survey and implement effective instructional practices
● Support plans and programs that facilitate student transition to college
● Celebrate achievements accomplished by students, faculty, staff, and programs in areas related to basic skills
A quorum shall be formed with a simple majority of the members present. In the event the Chair is not present, the Vice‐Chair will preside. If the Vice-Chair is not present, the Secretary will preside or will designate someone else to preside.
The BSI Committee shall have a Chair who will be a faculty/staff representative. The chair will be elected by a majority of the committee members. The Faculty Chair and Secretary shall serve a two-year term with an option for re-appointment by the Senate.
The Academic Senate will appoint all faculty members to the committee; the Senate will work collegially with the committee Chair in this appointment process. Administrative representatives will be appointed by the administration. The voting members of the BSI Committee shall consist of one representative from each of the divisions or areas:
1. Student representative (does s/he go here or below?)
2. Basic Skills Writing Faculty
3. Basic Skills Reading Faculty
4. Basic Skills Math Faculty
5. CTE Faculty Representative
6. ESL Faculty
7. Library Faculty
8. TRIO/EOPS/College Readiness
9. Learning Support Center
10. Counseling Faculty
11. Non-Basic Skills Faculty
12. Instruction Administrative Representative
13. Student Services Administrative Representative
Of these representatives, the committee will make every attempt to include at least one adjunct faculty member.
In addition to the above voting members, the committee will appoint a student representative; this student preferably will be an individual who is currently or has recently been enrolled in a basic skills course or related program. However, any Canada student can serve in this position.
Special meetings of the BSI shall have 24 (At least 72 hours before a regular meeting-Brown Act (ASGC) -hour notice, including a binding agenda with specific description of each item of business to be transacted or discussed at the meeting.
Subcommittees of the Basic Skills Task Force will be formed on an ad hoc basis to accomplish specific tasks, as charged by the Academic Senate, or as seen appropriate. These subcommittees may be formed from volunteers of the
Basic Skills Task Force, or by open invitation to faculty
The Basic Skills Task Force is a standing committee of the Academic Senate, and, therefore, is subject to the Brown Act and meetings will be conducted according to the most current publication of Robert’s Rules of Order.
Amendments to these Bylaws may be made with a two‐thirds (2/3) majority vote of the committee members in attendance. Amended bylaws will be forwarded to the Academic Senate or their approval.
Friday Breakout: Effective Meetings: Robert's Rules and Brown Act (Handout 2)
Add: Change: Committee Leadership: “the chair will be confirmed by a majority of the committee”
2. BS Writing Salumeh Eslamieh
3. BS Reading Yolanda Valenzuela
4. BS Math Mike Hoffman
5. CTE Faculty Rep. Paul Nass
6. ESL Faculty Jenny Castello
7. Library Michelle Morton
8. TRIO/EOPS/College Readiness Rafael Delgado
9. Learning Support Services Rita Sabbadini
10. Counseling Michelle Mendoza
11. Non-Basic Skills Faculty Alison Field
12. Instructional Administrative David Johnson
13. Student Services Administrative Kim Lopez
Chair doesn’t represent an area; Chair doesn’t normally vote but can vote in the case of a tie