Basic Skills Initiative (BSI)

The Basic Skills Initiative (BSI) was a grant funded initiative from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) which began in 2006 as part of the strategic planning process. The goal of the BSI was to improving student access and success. The Strategic Plan guides California Community Colleges as they serve over 2.9 million students annually at 110 colleges. The BSI was a part of Strategic Plan Goal Area 2- Student Success and Readiness ( The project addressed credit and noncredit basic skills as well as adult education and programs designed to help underprepared students.

A two-pronged approach by BSI created an environment for unprecedented accomplishments in Basic Skills. One prong of this plan allocated colleges supplemental funding to specifically address basic skills needs. This funding was guided by locally developed action plans documenting usage of the funding. The outcomes of the BSI are tracked using the Accountability Report for Community Colleges (ARCC), specifically the ARCC Basic Skills report.

The other prong took the shape of a Professional Development Grant which was designed to address training needs for faculty and staff in basic skills, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

The Basic Skills Professional Development Grant provided statewide training and support to address the professional development needs of community college administrators, faculty, and staff in the areas of basic skills and ESL instruction in both credit and noncredit instruction.

The Moreno Valley College's BSI goals are to

  • Establish and develop comprehensive, ongoing, college-wide basic skills/ESL activities that promote success through pre-transfer level courses
  • Provide extensive staff development opportunities to support services and instruction in basic skills/ESL and general effective teaching practices
  • Implement an ongoing "culture of evidence" that validates and supports the basic skills/ESL program
  • Develop and implement pre- and post- enrollment support activities for basic skills/ESL students.


Information about BSI:




Student Success Retreat 2009

The Moreno Valley BSI committee sponsored our second retreat to discuss how we can best help students achieve their academic goals, the retreat took place October 29 and 30th. The retreat, "Arriving at Base Camp" is a follow-up to "Navigating the Basic Skills Highway" held in April 2008.

Featured presenters at this retreat were Laura Hope, Interim Dean of Instructional Support at Chaffey College and Merrill Deming, faculty at Crafton Hills college. Both were instrumental in establishing Chaffey College's Student Success Centers. These centers are credited with increasing student success rates at Chaffey and they have the data to support their claims.

Watch the videos from this important event:


BSI Retreat Video 1

Barriers to Student Success

BSI Retreat Video 2

Instructional Design


BSI Retreat Video 3

Scaling Up