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AB-2153 Postsecondary education: course offerings.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 89708 of the Education Code is amended to read:

89708.
 (a) Tuition   Except as provided in subdivision (c), tuition  fees adequate, in the long run, to meet the cost of maintaining special sessions in the California State University shall be required of, and collected from, students enrolled in each special session under and  pursuant to rules and regulations prescribed by the trustees.
(b) (1)  “Special sessions,” as used in this division, means self-supporting instructional programs conducted by the California State University. The special sessions shall include, but not necessarily  be limited to, career enrichment and retraining programs. It is the intent of the Legislature that those programs, currently offered on a self-supporting basis by the California State University during summer sessions, may be provided throughout the year, and shall be known as special sessions. The self-supporting special sessions shall not supplant, as defined in subdivision (c), regular course offerings available on a non-self-supporting basis during the regular academic year. 
(2) The self-supporting special sessions shall not supplant regular course offerings available on a state-supported basis during the regular academic year.
(c) (3)  “Supplant,” as used in this section, means reducing the number of state-supported course offerings while increasing the number of self-supporting versions of that course. For the purposes of this section, a special session course “supplants” a state-supported course when an undergraduate matriculated student is required to take a more expensive special session course to graduate because a state-supported section of that course is unavailable either because the state-supported course is not offered that term and the course is offered in a special session, or because all state-supported sections of the course are full during the academic year at the student’s campus and the course is offered in a special session. 
(d) (c)  To the extent possible, each campus shall ensure that any course required as a condition of undergraduate degree completion for a state-supported  matriculated student shall be offered as a state-supported course. A campus shall not require a state-supported matriculated student to enroll in  matriculated student who is required to take  a special session course in order to fulfill a graduation requirement for a state-supported degree program. to complete his or her undergraduate degree because a state-supported section of that course is unavailable in the academic year at the student’s campus shall pay the lesser of the state-supported section and special session course fee. In complying with this subdivision, the campus shall ensure, to the extent possible, that general fund money is not used to support a matriculated student’s enrollment in a special session program, section, or course. 
(d) Except as provided in subdivision (g), officials of a campus shall not reduce the number of state-supported sections of an undergraduate course offering while increasing the number of sections of the self-supporting version of that course.
(e) Except as provided in subdivision (g), officials of a campus shall not offer special session programs at that campus at times or in locations that limit the number of regular course offerings that receive state funding.
(f) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) and subdivision (g), the number of special session sections of any individual course, including online courses, shall not exceed the number of state-supported sections of that course at a campus.
(2) Special session sections offered as of January 1, 2015, of any individual course, including online courses, shall not be considered for purposes of paragraph (1).
(g) With approval from the Chancellor’s office, a campus may add a self-supporting section of a course in a state-supported undergraduate degree program, add an undergraduate degree program, or increase the number of self-supporting sections of an undergraduate course offering so long as all of the following are satisfied:
(1) The campus has made the determination that state resources are inadequate to provide for additional state-supported sections.
(2) There is no corresponding reduction in the aggregate number of state-supported course offerings on that campus. However, this paragraph applies only to an academic year for which the annual Budget Act has not reduced the budget of the California State University from the prior year’s funding level.
(3) The self-supporting section or sections comply with all applicable state laws and systemwide and campus policies.
(h) The chancellor shall provide guidance to the campuses regarding how to comply with this section.
SEC. 2.
 It is the intent of the Legislature that the California State University shall receive funding sufficient to provide core curriculum through state-supported academic programs, that a matriculated student of the California State University is entitled to a postsecondary education within the bounds of a state-supported tuition and fee structure, and that a campus of the California State University is able to ensure that a student is not required to enroll in a special session program, section, or course in order to receive his or her postsecondary education in a timely manner.