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The RP Group

Basic Skills as a Foundation for Success in the California Community Colleges (Poppy Copy)

Timeline: 2007-2010


Overview

In 2007, the RP Group released "Basic Skills as a Foundation for Success in the California Community Colleges," popularly known as the Poppy Copy. Commissioned by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, this study identified effective practices in basic skills programs and had three major components: 

1. An extensive review of the literature related to basic skills practices, as well as an overview of examples of strategies employed by 33 California community colleges and nine out-of-state institutions.

2. A self-assessment tool which will allow colleges to reflect on how their current practices fit with the findings from the literature regarding what are known to be effective practices for basic skills students.

3. A cost/revenue model for developmental education programs which provides a way to explore the incremental revenues that can be derived over time from such programs.

This report has been widely used by California Community Colleges to develop strategies for meeting the needs of basic skills students. In 2010, a newly updated version of this report was published by Jossey-Bass titled "Student Success in Community Colleges: A Practical Guide to Developmental Education."

RP Group Lead

Deborah Boroch

RP Group Project Team Members

Rose Asera, Dr. Robert Gabriner, Laura Hope, Co-Director of Leading from the Middle, Robert Johnstone, Pamela Mery, Bruce Smith

Funders and Partners

California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, with USA Funds

Reports and Briefs

Basic Skills as a Foundation for Success in the California Community Colleges (Poppy Copy)

Report including an extensive literature review of basic skills practices, an institutional self-assessment tool, and a cost/revenue model.

Guides and Tools

Economics of Innovation Excel Tool

Excel tool and explanatory PowerPoint assisting in calculating the return on investment for basic skills staffing and programs.

Presentations and Webinars

Using the Economics of Innovation Excel Tool

PowerPoint presentation explaining how to use the Economics of Innovation Excel Tool.

News and Events

This project is complete. Visit "Related Projects" below to learn about our other initiatives in this project's area(s) of impact.

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Details

  • Focus Populations: Basic skills students, Developmental education students
  • Status: Complete
  • Contact: Dr. Robert Gabriner, Project Director, gabriner@sfsu.edu

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