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SB-1425 Community colleges: degree audit system.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) California is falling behind in producing the necessary postsecondary education to ensure our state’s prosperity and opportunities for individuals in the 21st century.
(2) California faces a degree and certificate gap, and is projected to need one million more workers with bachelor’s degrees and an additional 1.3 million workers with associate degrees or certificates by 2025. Today, one in every four jobs requires at least an associate degree.
(3) In the near future, one in every three jobs will require at least an associate degree. Failure to make significant improvements in degree completion will result in a less productive economy, lower incomes for residents, less tax revenue for the state, and more dependence on social services.
(4) The California Community Colleges are the state’s largest workforce provider, offering associate degrees and short-term job training certificates in more than 175 different fields.
(5) Meeting the current and future need for higher education requires that postsecondary institutions improve their success rates with current students and attract, and graduate, individuals from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education.
(6) Degree audit systems efficiently support student persistence and success efforts, and thereby save money for the institutions in the longer term. This will be especially true of a degree audit system that is centralized at the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges and paired with the online educational planner that is being developed as part of the Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012.
(7) As movement toward performance-based budgeting continues, degree audit systems better position an institution to improve student outcomes.
(8) Earning a certificate or degree from a community college doubles an individual’s chance of obtaining a job. At a time when unemployment rates are nearly 9 percent, certificates and degrees are all the more valuable.
(9) Earning a degree or certificate from a California community college, on average, nearly doubles an individual’s earnings within three years, from $25,600 to $45,571.
(10) A national effort, Project Win-Win, is tackling this issue in nine other states and is showing promising results. This project introduces degree audit systems at colleges
to ensure that, moving forward, students have real-time information about their progress toward obtaining a degree.
(b) Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature to do all of the following:
(1) Build on national and local efforts to identify current students who are eligible to obtain their certificate or degree.
(2) Establish an auditing system at the California Community Colleges that enables individual community colleges to audit student records, identify the students who are eligible for a certificate or degree, and notify these students of this valuable information.

SEC. 2.

 Article 1.7 (commencing with Section 78025) is added to Chapter 1 of Part 48 of Division 7 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:

Article  1.7. Degree Audit System
78025.
 (a) The Chancellor of the California Community Colleges shall identify commercially available utilities to conduct systemwide automatic degree audits, and procure at least one of those utilities in accordance with the relevant provisions of the State Contract Act (Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 10100) of Part 2 of Division 2 of the Public Contract Code). Once that utility or those utilities are procured, the chancellor’s office shall oversee the implementation of this article in accordance with the following timetable:
(1)  At least 84 campuses of the California Community Colleges shall have the automatic degree audit system in place by December 31, 2018.
(2) All campuses of the California Community Colleges shall have an automatic degree audit system in place by December 31, 2019.
(b) An automatic degree audit system procured under this section shall satisfy all of the following conditions:
(1) It shall comply with all pertinent privacy and security considerations and requirements.
(2) It shall be centrally procured by the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges in order to reduce costs through a bulk procurement process.
(3) It shall be managed by each community college district for use among the campuses within each respective district.
(4) It shall enable community college counselors, advisors, and other student services staff to monitor student progress toward completing a degree or certificate program, or achieving the minimum requirements for CSU or IGETC transfer.
(5) It shall be accessible to community college personnel and students through an Internet Web portal that provides a degree progress profile, generated for each student upon request, that includes all information regarding credits earned that is available in the community college’s data.
78026.
 (a) The Legislative Analyst’s Office shall submit a report to the Legislature and the Governor on the progress of the implementation of the online degree audit system on or before December 31, 2020.
(b) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section is repealed on December 31, 2024.
78027.
 The metrics to be determined and reported pursuant to Section 78026 shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, all of the following:
(a) The estimated economic benefits for the college and labor market of the degree audit system.
(b) Other relevant indicators of student success resulting from having a degree audit system in place.
78028.
 This article shall not be operative until the board of governors certifies that sufficient funds have been received from state, federal, or private sources to implement the online degree audit system that would be created under this section. The board of governors shall prominently post this certification promptly on its Internet Web site.
SEC. 3.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.