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BSI Steering Committee


The BSISC for the 2015-2016 academic year is composed of the following members:

Name Position Department
Cheo Massion Faculty/ BSI Coordinator ESL
Maula Allen Faculty Math
Lucas Drisdell Faculty College Skills
Beth Patel Faculty College Skills
Anna Pilloton Administrator Director of School & Community Partnerships
Becky Reetz Administrator EOPS, CARE & CalWorks Director
Javier Urena Faculty EOPS Counselor
Cari Torres Administrator Assistant Vice President for Instructional Support

Committee Charge

The Basic Skills Initiative is a statewide effort to ensure that basic skills development is a major focus and an adequately-funded activity of the community colleges.  The primary function of the Basic Skills Initiative Steering Committee is to provide guidance and direction to the activities conducted through the BSI at College of Marin.

The committee is responsible for developing the annual Action Plan that COM submits to the Chancellor’s Office.  Committee members will act as liaison to the BSI from their areas, developing training opportunities at the college, communicating progress and findings and soliciting input from those working in their areas for an annual research agenda regarding success, retention and improvement rates for basic skills students.  The committee will make recommendations to the Superintendent/President for funding faculty and staff projects to improve student success in basic skills courses.  Committee members will also provide support and assistance to faculty and staff regarding their projects, and will contribute to a formative evaluation of the BSISC at the end of each semester, and a summary evaluation at the end of each academic year.