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AB-1741 The California Community Colleges Student Success and Support Program Act of 2012.(2011-2012)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 25, 2012
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 20, 2012

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1741


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Fong

February 17, 2012


An act to add Article 1.5 (commencing with Section 78220) to Chapter 2 of Part 48 of Division 7 of Title 3 of the Education Code, relating to the California Community Colleges.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1741, as amended, Fong. The California Community Colleges: Student Success Infrastructure and Support Program Act of 2012.
Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state.
Existing law, known as the Seymour-Campbell Matriculation Act of 1986, defines “matriculation” as a process that brings a college and a student who enrolls for credit into an agreement for the purpose of realizing the student’s educational objectives. The act specifies the matriculation services that community colleges are required to provide, including the processing of the application for admission, orientation and preorientation services, assessment and counseling upon enrollment, and postenrollment evaluation of a student’s progress.
This bill would establish the California Community Colleges Student Success Infrastructure and Support Program Act of 2012 to provide the necessary faculty counseling and instructional infrastructure at the California Community Colleges to ensure that students have the necessary access to support services and classroom instructors to increase their opportunities for success. The bill would establish the Student Success Infrastructure Fund for the purpose of funding specified goals of the act. The bill would require the board of governors each fiscal year to develop a plan for supporting the goals of the act and another related act that are is consistent with the needs of individual districts and statewide policies regarding student success. The bill would specify that, in the 2012–13 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter, the act would be operative only if funds are specifically appropriated for its purposes require the board of governors to incorporate those elements that contribute to increasing student success as part of the implementation of another related act, and to ensure that submitted budget requests propose sufficient funding to support both this act and the related act.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Article 1.5 (commencing with Section 78220) is added to Chapter 2 of Part 48 of Division 7 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:
Article  1.5. California Community Colleges Student Success Infrastructure and Support Program Act of 2012

78220.
 (a) This article shall be known and may be cited as the California Community Colleges Student Success Infrastructure and Support Program Act of 2012.
(b) The purpose of this act is to provide the necessary faculty counseling and instructional infrastructure at the California Community Colleges to ensure that students have the necessary access to support services and classroom instructors to increase their opportunities for success.
(c) This act is intended to complement the Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012 in its purpose of providing improved orientation and counseling services to students and greater access to instructional faculty.

78220.5.

(a)The Student Success Infrastructure Fund is hereby established in the State Treasury for the purpose of funding the goals of the Student Success Infrastructure Act of 2012 listed in subparagraph (b).

(b)

78220.5.
 The goals of the California Community Colleges Student Success Infrastructure and Support Program Act of 2012 shall be as follows:

(1)

(a) Increasing the ratio of faculty counselors to students.

(2)Restoring

(b) Increasing funding for categorical programs that provide student support services.

(3)

(c) Increasing the percentage of hours of credit instruction that are taught by full-time instructors consistent with Section 87482.6.

(4)Improving the professionalization of part-time faculty, including, but not limited to, expanding

(d) Expanding part-time faculty office hours consistent with student needs.

78221.
 Each fiscal year the board of governors shall develop a plan for supporting the goals of the Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012 and the California Community Colleges Student Success Infrastructure and Support Program Act of 2012 that are is consistent with the needs of individual districts and statewide policies regarding student success.

78221.5.

In the 2012–13 fiscal year, and each fiscal year thereafter, this article shall be operative only if funds are specifically appropriated for the purposes of this article.

78221.5.
 As part of the implementation of the Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012, the board of governors shall incorporate those elements that contribute to increasing student success, including, but not limited to, those contained in Section 78220.5, and shall ensure that all budget requests submitted to the Governor and the Legislature propose sufficient funding to support both the Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012 and the California Community Colleges Student Success and Support Program Act of 2012.