Today's Law As Amended


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SB-682 California State University: student enrollment.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Since the enactment of the 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education, California’s system of public postsecondary education has provided access to affordable, high-quality educational opportunities that have fueled California’s economic growth and promoted social mobility.
(b) Since the 2007–08 fiscal year, California’s economic crisis and resulting budget reductions have forced the California State University to turn away tens of thousands of eligible students. For the 2013–14 academic year, the California State University estimates that as many as 30,000 eligible students will be denied admission because the Budget Act of 2013 did not include adequate funding for enrollment growth.
(c) In the Budget Act of 2013, the Legislature strengthened its commitment to college affordability for all needy students by maintaining the Cal Grant Program awards and establishing the Middle Class Scholarship Program to ensure that California’s four-year public postsecondary institutions will continue to be financially reasonable for families with annual household incomes that do not exceed $150,000.
(d) The Public Policy Institute of California projects that California’s workforce will have one million fewer graduates than it needs in 2025, and that increasing transfer rates from community colleges to four-year postsecondary educational institutions would dramatically reduce the education skills and workforce gaps.
(e) With the historic passage of Senate Bill 1440 in the 2010–11 Regular Session, the state reaffirmed the importance of community college transfers to the state and sought to increase the number of students transferring from the California Community Colleges to the California State University by establishing an associate degree for transfer.
(f) The California State University plays a critical role in meeting the state’s workforce needs by annually awarding one-half of all bachelor’s degrees in the state and graduating 100,000 students per year. Despite this substantial contribution to the state’s workforce, the California State University can increase the number of degrees awarded and graduating students if funding is available to serve additional students.
SEC. 2.
 (a) The sum of twenty-two million dollars ($22,000,000) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the California State University for purposes of enrolling additional students.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature that the appropriation made in subdivision (a) be used to enroll community college transfer students in the 2014 spring semester or quarter.
(c) It is also the intent of the Legislature that the appropriation made in subdivision (a) be made every year to provide access to classes and support services for community college transfer students and future students.