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Basic skills summit discusses students’ needs

Axie Navas
anavas@tahoedailytribune.com

Faculty and administrators from community colleges across the state met on Monday and Tuesday in South Lake Tahoe to rethink how to address students’ basic skills needs.

California leaders in basic skills met for two days at Embassy Suites near Stateline, Nev., for the Basic Skills Summit to draft the framework of a new document that would address the recommendations of the Student Success Task Force.

Those recommendations focus on requiring students to start addressing basic skills needs in their first year and developing a system that provides students with access to basic courses in math and English. There is also a focus on students who come to the college unprepared for a college workload.

“Some of those recommendations are focused at the academically unprepared student,” Lake Tahoe Community College’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services Thomas Greene said.

Greene was one of 30 administrators and faculty who participated in the summit.

The new document will replace the 5-year-old Basic Skills as a Foundation for Student Success in California Community Colleges, a document that provided community colleges with suggestions on how to address students’ basic skills needs.

According to a SSTF release, the proposed document will review the data from the past five years regarding basic skills success rates and funding as well as look at what needs to be done to develop the work.

“The conversation is going well. Progress has been made in looking at the former document and finding out what’s needed. We hope that the outcome for both California and the Lake Tahoe Community College is to continue to support the work of academic success” Greene said on Tuesday.


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