Basic Skills and English as a Second Language (ESL)
The Basic Skills and Special Programs Unit is responsible for Credit and Noncredit Basic Skills and English as a Second Language (ESL) and provides state-wide leadership activities for colleges, including, technical assistance; program evaluation; faculty/staff development; research and identification of emerging issues; advocacy; and special project funding and monitoring.
In addition to providing overall coordination of state-wide Basic Skills activities, this webpage provides information on the public value of Basic Skills and ESL instruction and on resource needs and policy issues related to serving underprepared students in the California Community Colleges.
Strategic Goals for Basic Skills and ESL:
- Maximize the effectiveness and efficient utilization of the system's Basic Skills and ESL resources.
- Identify, promote, and disseminate information on exemplary programs and effective practices in serving academically underprepared community college students, to achieve program improvements through their replication and adaptation to the unique characteristics of individual community colleges/districts.
- Recognize and inform the public about the system's achievement on the basic skills mission and on how that contributes to the availability of outcome data on post-secondary and/or employment goals attained by students who were academically under-prepared when they entered community colleges.