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AB-834 Private postsecondary education: School Performance Fact Sheets.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Jul 23, 2014


SECTION 1.

 Section 94878 of the Education Code is amended to read:

94878.
 (a) The  On or before June 30, 2010, the  bureau shall establish an Internet Web site that includes at least all of the following information:
(1) An explanation of the bureau’s transition plan for the reconstituted bureau and an explanation of the bureau’s  scope of authority.
(2) (A) A directory of approved institutions, and a link, if feasible, to the Internet Web site of each institution.
(B) For each institution, the directory shall be developed in a manner that allows the user to search by institution and shall include all of the following information:
(i) The status of the institution’s approval to operate.
(ii) The information provided by the institutions, institutions  including, but not limited to, the annual report, as required by Section 94934, including the school catalog and the School Performance Fact Sheet. The School Performance Fact Sheet shall be maintained on the directory for at least five years after the date of its submission to the bureau.
(iii) If a law school satisfies the requirements of this chapter regarding a School Performance Fact Sheet by complying with the requirements of Section 94910.5, the bureau shall include the information provided by the institution pursuant to Section 94910.5 on its Internet Web site and shall maintain the information in the same manner as required by clause (ii).
(iv) The disciplinary history of the institution, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, all of the following:
(I) Pending formal accusations filed by the bureau.
(II) Suspensions, revocations, citations, fines, infractions, probations, pending litigation filed by the bureau, and final judgments resulting from litigation filed by the bureau.
(III) Pending or final civil or  criminal cases filed by the Attorney General, a city attorney, or  a district attorney in this state, or filed in any state by an attorney general or a federal regulatory or prosecutorial agency  attorney, or a federal law enforcement official,  of which the bureau has received notice.
(IV) Final administrative actions by the United States State  Department of Education, including orders requiring restitution to students.
(V) All Final  disciplinary actions ordered  by an accreditation agency, including any order to show cause,  of which the bureau has received notice pursuant to Section 94934 or other information otherwise publicly available of which the bureau has received notice. 94934. 
(b) The bureau shall maintain the Internet Web site described in subdivision (a). The bureau shall ensure that the information specified in subdivision (a) is kept current. The bureau shall update the Internet Web site at least annually, to coincide with the submission of annual reports by the institutions pursuant to Section 94934.
(c) (1) In  The bureau shall post on its   addition to maintaining the Internet Web site described in subdivision (a), the bureau shall provide the information described in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) to the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC), and the CPEC shall include that information in an  Internet Web site a list of all institutions that were denied approval to operate, after the denial is final, and describe in clear and conspicuous language the reason the institution was denied approval. The bureau shall include with this list the statement provided in paragraph (2) on its Internet Web site. directory of school performance data maintained by the CPEC. To the extent possible, the bureau shall provide this information consistent with the information collected for reporting to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System of the United States Department of Education, including institutional characteristics, completion, annual enrollment, and graduation rates. 
(2) “The following institutions were denied approval to operate by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education for failing to satisfy the standards relating to educational quality, or consumer protection, or both. These unlicensed institutions are not operating in compliance with the law, and students are strongly discouraged from attending these institutions.”

SEC. 2.

 Section 94910.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:

94910.5.
 (a) Notwithstanding any other law, a law school that meets the criteria of subdivision (b) shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements of this chapter regarding a School Performance Fact Sheet by doing all of the following:
(1) Complying with Standard 509 of the American Bar Association’s Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools, as that standard may be amended.
(2) Providing completion rates of students and placement rates, bar passage rates, and salary and wage information of graduates to prospective students prior to enrollment through the law school application process administered by the Law School Admission Council.
(3) (A) Providing to prospective students any additional information required to be reported on a School Performance Fact Sheet that is not reported pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2), including, but not limited to, the most recent three-year cohort default rate reported by the United States Department of Education for the law school and the percentage of enrolled students receiving federal student loans.
(B) If the law school’s three-year cohort default rate reported by the United States Department of Education is aggregated with the three-year cohort default rate of an institution to which the law school belongs, then the law school shall provide to prospective students the law school’s three-year cohort default rate disaggregated from the institution’s three-year cohort default rate.
(C) The law school shall, at a minimum, provide the information described in this paragraph to prospective students by clearly posting the information in a conspicuous location on the law school’s Internet Web site.
(4) Annually providing the information required to be disclosed pursuant to this subdivision to the bureau.
(b) Subdivision (a) shall apply to a law school that meets all of the following criteria:
(1) The law school is accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.
(2) The law school is owned by an institution authorized to operate by the bureau.
(3) The law school reports graduate salary information and other information to the National Association for Law Placement.
(4) The law school is approved to operate by the bureau pursuant to Section 94874.8.
SEC. 3.
 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to provide a law school with an alternate way to satisfy the requirements of the California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009 regarding a School Performance Fact Sheet as soon as possible, it is necessary that this act take immediate effect.