2013-14 Unit Plan
Language Education and Development

Mission Statement

LEAD Department (Writing, Reading & ESL) courses are designed to give students the strategies and practice necessary 
to improve their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills, the skills essential for students to successfully reach 
their academic, vocational, or life goals. 

Program Description

The LEAD program is comprised of three developmental disciplines: Reading, English as a Second Language (ESL), and 
Writing. Many of these courses are offered Pass/No Pass. Courses with a 300-level designation are non-credit, adult 
education courses. Courses are offered at a variety of locations: Main Campus, Glenn County, Gridley, and several Chico sites including the Chico Center, Skyway Center, and Chico Community Employment Center. In addition, three of our reading classes are available online. The department also offers courses in Education and Sign Language. 
 

 
ESL
ESL 313 - ESL Level III 
ESL 312 - ESL Level II 
ESL 311- ESL Level I 
ESL 310 – Survival Life Skills for ESL Students 
ESL 300 - American Citizenship 
ESL 354 - Training-Specific Vocational ESL 
ESL 352B - ESL Workforce Training Lab 
ESL 352A - ESL Workforce Training-Adult Education 
ESL 258 - Effective Speaking for ESL Students 
ESL 256 - ESL Grammar & Usage Workshop 
ESL 254 - ESL Reading Workshop 
ESL 252 - ESL Writing Workshop
ESL 95 - Special Studies-ESL 
 
Reading 
READ 2 - Speed Reading (+online)
READ 127 - Reading III (Efficient R)(+online)
READ 126 - College Study Skills (+online)
READ 277 - Integrated Reading II/Writing I 
READ 225 - Reading II 
READ 223 - Reading I 
READ 95 - Special Studies-READ 
	
Writing 
ENGL 277 - Integrated Reading II/Writing I
ENGL 215 - Foundations of Writing 
ENGL 217 - Basic Writing Skills
ENGL 219 - Composition Workshop I 
ENGL 118 - Accelerated Comp. Workshop


Sign Language 
SIGN 201 - Sign Language & Finger Spelling (New course:American Sign Language 1)
SIGN 202 - Intermediate Sign Language (New course: American Sign Language 2)
 
Education 
EDUC 2 - Introduction to Education 
EDUC 20 - Tutoring Methods
EDUC 302 – GED Preparation 

 
Faculty: The department currently has 9 full-time reading/writing instructors and one full-time vocational ESL instructor (external funding). Although our faculty numbers have diminished in the last two semesters, on average we employ 30 associate faculty members. The funding for our vocational ESL instructor will be coming to an end this year leaving the community without a fierce advocate, and our department without an incredibly talented and tenacious activist. 
 

Results from our departmental Goal Setting Survey show that our students (approximately 57% minority), while striving for associate’s degrees (31%), or transfer to a 4-year institution (47%), face significant challenges. Less than half of our students have developed an education plan, 72% are receiving financial aid, and 27% are the first in their family to attend college.

The LEAD department continues to be one of the most collaborative and student-centered departments at Butte College. Faculty members have demonstrated skillful leadership in numerous areas, and work effectively within the department, 
across the college, and in the community to increase learning opportunities for students.

Ongoing Departmental Work: ( Inspiring Passion through Collaboration, Focusing on Student Success, Valuing a Culture of Learning, Enhancing an Innovative, Flexible, Responsive, and Accountable Culture)

•	LEAD Department Professional Development Workshop, All Strands Focus on Reading 
•	Reading SLO Assessment Project involving Reading 223, 225, 127, and 2 
•	LEAD Celebration of Student Writing
•	Department Attitudes Assessment Survey
•	Sustainability Themed READ 225
•	Basic Skills Initiative and Title III projects 
•	Ipakanni Early College Charter School 
•	Applied Academics (Reading, Writing, Mathematics & Automotive Technology) 
•	Learning Communities
•	FYE 219 Course  
•	Spanish/VESL CDF classes 
•	Development of career pathways for VESL students

Collaboration with English Department  
•	Joint Institute Day Meeting, Spring  
•	Writing Investigation Team (WIt)
•	Department Inquiry Groug (DIG)
•	Accelerated developmental writing class ENGL 118, 9 hour training workshop, and ongoing curriculum discussions

Collaboration with Student Services 
•	Admissions & Records - ESL student registration 
•	Assessment/Orientation - ESL student orientation
•	Assessment, Compass Cut Scores data and discussions

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

Student Success Advisor- To provide accurate and timely support to Basic Skills Students

Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale
    Federal and California financial aid accountability requirements have become more stringent and require students to make satisfactory academic progress in order to qualify for fee waivers and grants. The college currently prioritizes student completion.To achieve this end, as measured by the college, underprepared students need additional support to make progress toward completing their goals. Counselors have a hefty task advising our eclectic student body; we feel additional support for basic skills students is needed .The LEAD Department would like to develop a model of advising and fund a faculty member to provide this support. Our department Student Success Advisor could provide specific, timely, and accurate information about our courses. The advisor would visit our classes and serve as a liaison with Orientation, Reg-to-Go, and counseling. The faculty advisor would be able to visit classes and counsel Read 223 and English 215 classes of our 277 offerings. Our English 118 class is an effective and exciting option for the right student. 217 and 219 students need to be counseled on whether 118 is an appropriate option for them. Reading proficiency at a college level is one of the determining factors in student success. Students in all LEAD classes need to be advised about reading offerings. Our Glenn County students need all this same information. And course information for ESL is imperative; we would like to provide timely, ongoing advising and culturally-sensitive advertising in order to serve potential ESL students. Projected cost for development and advising $500.00 per semester ($1000 per academic year). Posters and marketing materials for reading, English 118, ESL ($300 per year).

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 2

    Sign Language Certificate Program

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    Sign Language course outlines, Sign 201 and 201, have been rewritten to reflect the needs and rigor of the classroom work. These new courses are designed to fulfill foreign language credit and are proposed for transfer to UC/CSU.  Sign 1 and 2 will be offered for the first time in 2013-2014. The department is exploring the possibility of offering a two-year certificate program in American Sign Language which would prepare our students for employment as interpreters. Our campus, community, and neighboring communities are in significant need of interpreting services, and our program would meet this critical need. This program would draw students to the college. Faculty stipends: $2000

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Strategy 3

    Online and Hybrid Courses

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale
    We currently have three instructors who can teach our online Read 127, 126, and 2. it’s anticipated that these instructors will be retiring in the coming future. Because creating an online class takes about a year, our need for development is pressing.  Stipends would be awarded per successfully delivered course. The department has also identified ENGL 219 as an ideal course for hybrid instruction. The hybrid modality would not only offer an enrollment option for many students, but it would also serve as a partial solution to the department's need for extra classroom space. Stipends: $4000

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 4

    ESL Program

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    The department would like to address potential legislative changes and changing enrollment trends by expanding our ESL offerings. Spring 2013 semester enrollment in one of our higher level ESL courses (312) has doubled. At the same time local businesses have called for greater employee skills in reading and writing.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 5

    Goal Setting Project

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale
    The department Goal Setting Project is designed to support rural, low- and moderate-income, and first-generation students who begin their community college careers at the basic skills level in English, reading, and/or math. Over 50% of our students assess at the pre-transfer level in at least one of these critical foundational areas. Based upon our pilot study, data gathered from 350 developmental writing students shows most students have not identified clear, specific academic goals.  The Goal Setting Project will provide an innovative intervention model to help these students identify educational goals and achieve them quickly.The ultimate goal is to retain and support these students as they navigate their way toward completion of identified academic goals. (Preparation, distribution, data gathering, and analysis, $7500 for Fall 2013, $5000 for Spring 2014)

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 6

    LEAD Department Website

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success

  • Supporting Rationale
    Information makes the world go around. We want to provide accessible, current, quick information about basic skills programs, events, class offerings, and contact information. The possible audience for our website includes current and potential students, ESL advocates and partners, faculty, other colleges, CSU, and our own campus community. Development of a department website will require some hours above and beyond the regular workday, and so we wish to pay a stipend for its development and updating: $1500

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 7

    Faculty Handbook

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale
     Mentoring and faculty support have always been a priority of our department. We want to create a consistent and comprehensive message to our faculty and want a resource that we can share amongst our strands and for our new instructors. Last semester we added a new FT faculty member and 4 associate members to our teaching pool. Stipends for handbook development: $500

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 8

    Peer Observation

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale
    The LEAD department would like to partner with English and organize a professional development opportunity. Instructors would pair up and observe one another’s class. Following the observation, paired instructors would meet for discussion and later attend an end of the semester meeting with all participating instructors.  We would like to offer a $100 stipend to participating part-time faculty and a $200 stipend for a faculty member to organize the program.  $2000

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Required Resources

    Department Budget Augmentation:

    This department's current budget of $3,013 does not cover all departmental expenses, which includes a bi-annual
    student success conference, multiple assessment projects in 5 strands, a bi-annual department retreat, two student awards ceremonies, special printing, faculty stipends, rental of classroom space, etc. As a department we are committed to professional development and our SLOs. We cannot, unfortunately, fund stipends for associate faculty work. We just meet the financial needs of funding one big event per semester and department supplies. The English department has been generous in support. Their generosity has allowed us to attend and later present training in Acceleration. They have funded stipends for LEAD associate faculty to participate in programs such as the Writing Investigation Team (WIT) and the Departmental Inquiry Group (DIG). We do not want to rely on the kindness of another department to fund our projects. Faculty actively pursue other funding sources; however, in order to operate at anything close to maximum productivity and maintain our high level of innovative work, the department requests an ongoing budget augmentation of $6,000.

    Computers:

    The department needs 4 new computers. Our faculty are working on dated and failing computers. Blackboard plays prominently in all 4 of these instructors’ classes, and laptops are a necessity for them. Three of these instructors teach as much as 70% of their load online. We anticipate that all 4 will need to be replaced in the near future. $8000

     

    Classrooms:

    The department now has 4 dedicated classrooms and use of 1 1/2computer labs. At least 2 more classrooms at the Chico Center are needed; we would like to offer English 118 and an evening credit ESL course. We need an additional dedicated classroom to meet the college’s goal of requiring students to take basic skills classes in their first semester. Currently, we have sections scheduled at 8:00 am and after 2:00 due to limited classroom availability. These times are not aligned with student need.

     

    Reinstate administrative assistant to twelce month status:

    Debbie Stearns is a key contributor to all endeavors undertaken by the LEAD Department. She assists us with scheduling, faculty accountability, and data gathering. Debbie handles book orders for ESL, manages our budget, communicates with faculty, and is ever available to students. While Debbie does all this for our 5 strands and department of 50 faculty, she also serves English and CMST! Restoring Debbie to a 12-month position is critical to the well- being of our departments and the work at hand. $1950

     

     

     

    Current Revenue Stream

    LEAD/READ/ESL 2010-2011 Budget 11-000-614-493072 $3,013.00

    ESL ABE Grant from the California Department of Education County/Vendor No: 04-61416 (amount varies each year: 2010-11 = $12,832)This money is earmarked exclusively for providing support for the ABE, ESL, ESL Citizenship programs. 3

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes LEAD, Reading, ESL, Writing Operating Expenses Department Budget Augmentation 11.000.614.1.493072 54300 $0.00 $10,000.00 Professional development and assessment are core to our work in the LEAD Department. It is through these that we best meet the needs of developmental students. Our current budget is not equitable or sufficient to meet our needs.
    2 Yes LEAD Equipment 4 Computers 11.000.614.1.493072 56411 $8,000.00 $0.00 We have 4 failing and dated computers which need to be replaced. Facultyuse blackboard extensively and teach as much as 70% of their load online.
    3 Yes LEAD, Reading, Writing Personnel Online and hybrid course develpment 11.000.614.1.493072 51100 $4,000.00 $0.00 Online classes serve a wide range of students. We anticipate our current online instructors will be retiring. New course development by faculty is pressing.
    4 Yes LEAD, Reading, ESL, Writing, Sign Language Personnel Student Success Advisor 11.000.614.1.493072 51100 $0.00 $1,300.00 Underprepared students require additional advising to progress successfully and to ultimately reach completion. Department advisor can make connections with students and provide much needed, timely guidance.
    5 Yes LEAD Personnel Sign Language Certificate Program 11.000.614.1.493072 51100 $2,000.00 $0.00 Development of a two-year certificate program in American Sign Language would serve our students and surrounding communities. Additionally the program would attrack students. Stipend for development
    6 Yes LEAD, READ, ESL, Writing, Sign Language, Education Personnel Restore administrative assistant to 12 month status 11.000.614.1.493072 51100 $0.00 $1,950.00 Debbie Stearns directly supports student success, innovation, and accountability.
    7 Yes LEAD Personnel Faculty Handbook Development 11.000.614.1.493072 51100 $500.00 $0.00 The department wishes to develp a faculty resource for instructors in our 5 strands.
    8 Yes LEAD, Reading, Writing, ESL Personnel Goal Setting Project 11.000.614.1.493072 51100 $12,500.00 $0.00 The Goal Setting Project will provide an innovative intervention model to help basic skills students identify educational goals and achieve them quickly
    9 Yes LEAD Personnel Department Website 11.000.614.1.493072 51100 $1,500.00 $0.00 LEAD Website is required to provide access to basic skills programs, events, and class offerings to a wide ranging audience including our ESL population, current and future students, and community.
    10 Yes LEAD, Reading, Writing, ESL Personnel Peer Observation, Professional Development 11.000.614.1.493072 51100 $2,000.00 $0.00 Collaboration between LEAD and English departments build knowledge, collegiality, and align instruction.
    Total(s) $30,500.00 $13,250.00