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AB-944 Distance learning.(2013-2014)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 944


Introduced by Assembly Member Nestande

February 22, 2013


An act to add and repeal Section 66942 of the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 944, as introduced, Nestande. Distance learning.
Existing law establishes the various segments of the public higher education system in this state. These segments include the University of California, which is administered by the Regents of the University of California, the California State University, which is administered by the Trustees of the California State University, and the California Community Colleges, which is administered by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.
This bill would require the Trustees of the California State University and the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, and would request the Regents of the University of California, to report to the Legislature, by January 1, 2016, and every 2 years thereafter, on workload and key performance data on distance learning courses, as defined. These provisions would be repealed on January 1, 2020.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 66942 is added to the Education Code, to read:

66942.
 (a) For purposes of data collection and reporting by the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California, “distance learning course” means a course conducted with a majority of the instructional content delivered when faculty and students are in different locations and instruction is delivered through the use of technology.
(b) (1) By January 1, 2016, and every two years thereafter, the Trustees of the California State University and the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges shall, and the Regents of the University of California are requested to, report to the Legislature on workload and key performance data on distance learning courses, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
(A) The number of students enrolled in a distance learning course at each campus, categorized by type of delivery method for the distance learning course.
(B) Completion rates for distance learning courses.
(C) Program completion rates for degree programs that include exclusively distance learning courses.
(2) Student enrollment and completion rate data included in a report to be submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be made available by demographics such as age, gender, and ethnicity.
(c) (1) All reports to be submitted pursuant to this section shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(d) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section is repealed on January 1, 2020.