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AB-80 Doctoral program: agricultural education.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/23/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  February 23, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 80


Introduced by Assembly Member Arambula

January 04, 2017


An act to add Article 4.8 (commencing with Section 66043) to Chapter 2 of Part 40 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 80, as amended, Arambula. Doctoral program: agricultural science. education.
Existing law, known as the Donahoe Higher Education Act, sets forth, among other things, the missions and functions of California’s public and independent segments of higher education, and their respective institutions of higher education. Provisions of the act do not apply to the University of California unless the regents of the university act, by resolution, to make them applicable.
Among other things, the act provides that the University of California has exclusive jurisdiction in public higher education to award the doctoral degree in all fields of learning, except that it may agree with the California State University to award joint doctoral degrees in selected fields. With respect to doctoral degrees, the act limits the California State University to awarding these degrees jointly with the University of California, as described above, or, with the approval of the California Postsecondary Education Commission, jointly with independent institutions of higher education.
This bill would instead authorize the California State University, Fresno to award the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in agricultural science. Education (Ed.D.) in agricultural education. This bill would require the degree to be distinguished from doctoral degree programs at the University of California.
The bill would require that the program awarding the degree of Ph.D. in agricultural science Ed. D. in agricultural education offered by the California State University, Fresno be focused on preparing candidates to assist the agricultural sector. The bill would require that each student in the program authorized by the bill be charged fees no higher than the rate charged for students in state-supported programs in agricultural and resource economies at the University of California.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Article 4.8 (commencing with Section 66043) is added to Chapter 2 of Part 40 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:
Article  4.8. Doctoral Program in Agricultural Science Education

66043.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:
(1) Since its adoption in 1960, the Master Plan for Higher Education has served to create the largest and most distinguished higher education system in the nation. A key component of the Master Plan for Higher Education is the differentiation of mission and function, whereby doctoral and identified professional programs are limited to the University of California, with the provision that the California State University can provide doctoral education in joint doctoral programs with the University of California and independent California colleges and universities. The differentiation of function has allowed California to provide universal access to postsecondary education while preserving quality.
(2) Because of the rate of awarding degrees in Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) per year in the area of agricultural science Education (Ed.D.) in agricultural education has remained flat for decades, the State of California is granting the California State University, Fresno authority to offer the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in agricultural science Education (Ed.D.) in agricultural education degree as an exception to the differentiation of function in graduate education that assigns sole authority among the California higher education segments to the University of California for awarding doctoral degrees independently. This exception to the Master Plan for Higher Education recognizes the distinctive strengths and respective missions of the California State University and the University of California.
(b) Pursuant to subdivision (a), and notwithstanding Section 66010.4, in order to meet specific agricultural science education needs in California, the California State University, Fresno may award the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in agricultural science. Education (Ed.D.) in agricultural education. The authority to award degrees granted by this article is limited to the discipline of agricultural science. The Ph.D. in agricultural science education. The Ed.D. in agricultural education degree offered by the California State University, Fresno shall be distinguished from doctoral programs at the University of California.

66043.1.
 In implementing Section 66043, the California State University, Fresno shall comply with all of the following:
(a) Enrollments in this program shall not diminish enrollment growth in university undergraduate programs.
(b) The award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Education (Ed.D.) in agricultural science education offered by the California State University, Fresno shall be focused on preparing candidates to assist the agricultural sector with developing new technology systems, assuming leadership roles by the university in advancing contemporary programs, conducting high quality research, developing and funding research programs, and teaching graduate and undergraduate students.
(c) Each student in the program authorized by this article shall be charged fees no higher than the rate charged for students in state-supported doctoral programs in agricultural and resources economies at the University of California.
(d) The California State University, Fresno shall provide any startup and operation funding needed for the program authorized by this article from within existing budgets for academic programs support without diminishing the quality of program support offered to California State University undergraduate programs. Funding of this program shall not result in reduced undergraduate enrollments at the California State University, Fresno.