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AB-504 Community colleges: Student Success and Support Program funding.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/15/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 15, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 504


Introduced by Assembly Member Medina

February 13, 2017


An act to amend Section 78221 of the Education Code, relating to community colleges.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 504, as amended, Medina. Community colleges: Student Success and Support Program funding.
(1) 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 Student Success Act of 2012, establishes and provides for the funding of the Student Success and Support Program. Existing law requires, as a condition for receiving Student Success and Support Program funding, that the governing board of each community college district maintain a student equity plan, as specified.
Existing law requires the student equity plan to include, for each community college in the community college district, campus-based research as to the extent of student equity by gender and for each of several specified categories of students. Existing law also requires the student equity plan to include whether significant underrepresentation of any of these categories of students is found to exist in terms of access to, and completion of, basic skills, career technical education and workforce training, and transfer courses.
This bill would require the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges to establish a standard definitions and measures of the terms definition of “equity” and a standard definition of “significant underrepresentation” underrepresentation,” and measures of these terms, for use in the student equity plans of community college districts.
(2) Existing law requires the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges to establish a list of eligible and ineligible expenditures and activities to ensure that Student Success and Support Program funding is used to support the implementation of student equity plan goals and the coordination of services for the targeted student populations.
This bill would require that Student Success and Support Program funding be used to support the implementation of student equity plan goals and the coordination of services for the targeted student population through evidence-based practices.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 78221 of the Education Code is amended to read:

78221.
 The Chancellor of the California Community Colleges shall allocate funds provided for purposes of successfully implementing the activities and goals specified in the student equity plans adopted pursuant to Section 78220, consistent with all of the following:
(a) The chancellor shall ensure a community college district has submitted a student equity plan that is consistent with Section 78220. For purposes of allocating funding appropriated in the 2014–15 Budget Act, a community college district that has not submitted a student equity plan shall provide the chancellor with an outline for the community college district’s completion of the student equity plan on or before January 1, 2015.
(b) The chancellor shall ensure that community college districts that serve greater populations of students who are high-need students or disadvantaged students receive greater resources to provide services to students, consistent with the goals and activities specified in their student equity plans.
(c) The chancellor shall establish criteria for calculating the number of high-need and disadvantaged students in a community college district. For purposes of this article, “high-need students” mean students who have an expected family contribution, as defined in subdivision (g) of Section 69432.7, at any time during those students’ matriculation at the institution, that would qualify those students to receive federal Pell Grants and students from ZIP codes in the bottom two quintiles of college attainment. The calculation of a student’s expected family contribution shall be based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application or an application determined by the California Student Aid Commission to be equivalent to the FAFSA application submitted by that student. For purposes of this article, the determination of who are “disadvantaged” students shall take into account the college participation rate of the college-aged population of, and the socioeconomic status of, a community college district population.
(d) The chancellor shall establish a standard definitions and measures of the terms definition of “equity” and a standard definition of “significant underrepresentation” underrepresentation,” and measures of these terms, for use in the student equity plans of community college districts.
(e) (1) The chancellor shall establish a list of eligible and ineligible expenditures and activities to ensure that funding is used to support the implementation of student equity plan goals and the coordination of services for the targeted student populations through evidence-based practices.
(2) On or before March 15, 2016, and on or before March 15 annually thereafter, the chancellor shall report to the Department of Finance, the Legislative Analyst, and the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature, on the expenditure of funds for purposes of this article during the previous fiscal year.