Today's Law As Amended

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AB-3101 Community colleges.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The online system by which students apply to community colleges can be cumbersome and create a barrier to access for some students who are seeking to access community college.
(b) On average, the application process takes a student 45 minutes to complete due to the amount of information it requests.
(c) The state has documented an average abandonment rate of 5 percent, and ranging up to 14 percent at some community colleges, in regards to the number of students who begin the application process, but fail to complete it.
(d) In response, the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges is undertaking a review of the online application system to ensure that it supports students through the community college application and enrollment process. The Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges plans to implement changes to the online application system by the fall of 2019.

SEC. 2.

 Section 68086 is added to the Education Code, to read:

68086.
 (a) A student seeking to enroll exclusively in career development and college preparation courses, and other courses for which no credit is given, at a community college shall not be subject to the residency classification requirements of Article 3 (commencing with Section 68040).
(b) Nothing in subdivision (a) shall prohibit the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges from collecting residency data, for a student described in subdivision (a), that is voluntarily submitted by the student after he or she enrolls at a community college.

SEC. 3.

 Section 71030 is added to the Education Code, to read:

71030.
 On or before July 31, 2019, the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges shall revise the California community college online application process so that only data that is required by the federal government, state law, or that is otherwise necessary, as determined by the chancellor, is collected during the process. To the extent that data can be collected from the student at a later time, the chancellor may delay the collection of that data until after the student has applied to a community college.
SEC. 4.
 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.