The California Community Colleges’ “Basic Skills” document, often called the “Poppy Copy” because of its color is a guide to effective practices in the Basic Skills Initiative developed by an experienced team of faculty and administrators from across the state, each having specific expertise and many years of practical experience in the field of basic skills assessment and practice. More than 250 literature references were reviewed, and effective practices and programs presently in operation (both within and outside California) were considered. The observations and conclusions addressed by the program are as follows:
- The research on basic skills clearly establishes a series of effective practices that have been demonstrated to produce improvements in student outcomes.
- The improvement of basic skills education must be an institutional priority and is an institutional responsibility.
- The charge in basic skills education is developmental, not remedial.
- Continued research and documentation of effective practices in basic skills education is essential to facilitating improvements in practice.
- The principles contained in this research have the potential to transform institutional efforts not only in developmental education but also in transfer and occupational programs.
- There is renewed, vital, and significantly increased commitment to meeting the needs of basic skills students and this commitment provides new opportunities to fulfill the mission.
For an electronic copy of the publication, please click this link: http://css.rpgroup.org
Jan Gangel-Vasquez, Basic Skills Coordinator, LATTC
Dorothy Smith, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs & Student Services
Lawrence Bradford, Ed. D, VP, Academic Affairs
The LATTC Student Success Committee is chaired by instructor Dimitri Lagos.