DARE Projects

   Developmental & Readiness Education (DARE)

Projects Overview

Assessment Practices Report

In spring 2010, a subcommittee of the task force developed and administered student surveys and
conducted focus groups to learn about students’ experiences with the existing Assessment processes.

The data gathering, research and campus-wide feedback resulted in a set of recommendations to
improve De Anza’s Assessment processes. Some of the recommendations have been implemented through use of funding provided by the BSI and Title III grants. Legislative changes at the state level and budgetary constraints will impact and challenge the implementation of some of the recommendations, but Dare Task Force is committed to supporting effective assessment practices to increase students’ success and academic achievement. See Assessment Practices project details.

DARE High School Project

The DARE High School Partners project brings high school and college faculty and staff together to discuss the connection between high school curriculum, college placement, and the roles of faculty and counseling to better prepare students for the community college experience. It is designed to create opportunities to share data, pedagogy, and align outcomes and expectations, which will lead to better student preparation and more formally link the high school experience to college placement and course requirements. See DARE High School Project details.

DARE Partners Project

DARE is working with disciplines across the college to help faculty members develop greater expertise in serving students at the basic skills levels. The project is focused on creating a cross campus culture that connects the hearts and minds of faculty in all disciplines to embrace supportive basic skills pedagogy which can be incorporated into all course levels to help every student achieve success, regardless of their academic preparation. For more information visit the DARE Partners page. See DARE Partners Project details.

Professional Development

The ACE Experiential Learning Institute (FELI) is five-day professional development experience designed for community college faculty, staff, and administrators. The FELI is an experiential workshop involving more than fifty exercises and activities. These activities include but are not limited to large group discussion, small group sharing and presentations, movement activities, role-playing and reflection. See DARE Professional Development activities.

Tutoring and Mentoring

DARE supports the promise of the Institutional Core Competencies by providing pre-college
math, writing, ESL and English students with engaging interventions and supportive learning
environments that help them become better learners, gain confidence and achieve academic
success through funding and partnership with the Student Success Center. See more information about the work.

Developmental & Readiness Education (DARE)


Jennifer Myhre              DARE Co-Chair                BSI Faculty Coordinator 408.864.8560

 Rowena Tomaneng       DARE Co-Chair                BSI Faculty Coordinator 408.864.8510


Deepa Yuvaraj               Program Coordinator      DARE - BSI  408.864.8995



Last Updated: 6/17/13