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AB-95 Public postsecondary education: California State University: Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 01/10/2017 08:55 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 95


Introduced by Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer

January 10, 2017


An act to add Chapter 8.5 (commencing with Section 66650) to Part 40 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 95, as introduced, Jones-Sawyer. Public postsecondary education: California State University: Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program.
Existing law establishes a system of public elementary and secondary schools operated by local educational agencies throughout the state. Existing law also establishes a system of public postsecondary education in this state that has 3 segments: the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California.
This bill would require the Trustees of the California State University to establish a Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program with the goal of creating a model of articulation and coordination among K–12 schools, community colleges, and campuses of the California State University that would allow students to earn a baccalaureate degree for a total cost not exceeding $10,000, including the cost of textbooks. The Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program would include campuses of the California State University, community college districts, and county offices of education in up to 7 areas of the state, but would only include institutions that explicitly request inclusion in the program. The bill would require the public postsecondary educational institutions and local educational agencies participating in the pilot program to coordinate their efforts to expedite the progress of participating students from high school to community college to the California State University.
The bill would authorize participating high school students to earn an unlimited number of Advanced Placement course credits under the pilot program, and would provide these students with priority enrollment at participating community colleges. The bill would impose grade point average and time requirements on participating students at the community college stage of the pilot program. The bill would require a participating California State University campus to accept a minimum of 60 semester units earned by a participating student at a high school or community college.
The bill would require a participating student to receive priority enrollment status at a participating California State University campus, and would require the participating student to enroll at that California State University campus either in the summer term or the fall semester immediately succeeding the pupil’s completion of the required community college coursework. The bill would limit bachelor’s degrees awarded at the participating California State University campus to a participating student under the program to baccalaureate degrees in one or more of specified fields of study. The bill would prohibit the mandatory systemwide fees and tuition and mandatory campus-based fees charged to a participating student from being increased during the first 2 academic years of his or her attendance at a California State University campus under the pilot program. The bill would authorize the institutions participating in the pilot program, in consultation with the appropriate private entities, to develop summer internships for participating students relating to their fields of study for academic credit.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 8.5 (commencing with Section 66650) is added to Part 40 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:
CHAPTER  8.5. Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program

66650.
 The Trustees of the California State University shall establish a Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program with the goal of creating a model of articulation and coordination among K–12 schools, community colleges, and campuses of the California State University that will allow students, including, but not necessarily limited to, students who have earned college course credit through concurrent enrollment in high school and community college, to earn a baccalaureate degree for a total cost not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), including the cost of textbooks.

66651.
 (a) The Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program shall include only institutions that explicitly request inclusion in the program.
(b) The program shall include public postsecondary educational institutions and local educational agencies in up to seven areas of the state, subject to the receipt of a request for inclusion in the program pursuant to subdivision (a).
(c) The public postsecondary educational institutions and local educational agencies participating in the pilot program shall coordinate their efforts to expedite the progress of participating students from high school to community college to the California State University to earn their baccalaureate degrees.

66652.
 Notwithstanding any other law:
(a) In each of the areas designated pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 66651, the number of Advanced Placement (AP) course credits that a participating high school pupil may earn under the pilot program is unlimited.
(b) A participating student may attend and earn college course credit at either his or her high school or at a participating community college.
(c) In order to earn college course credit under the pilot program for college-level coursework undertaken at a high school before graduation from high school, a participating student shall earn a score of three or better on the AP examination for each college-level course.
(d) A participating student shall receive priority enrollment status at a participating community college, and shall be required to enroll at that community college either in the summer term or the fall semester immediately succeeding that pupil’s graduation from high school.
(e) In order to remain in the pilot program, a participating student shall maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale at the community college he or she attends.
(f) A participating student shall be a full-time student, shall take no less than 12 semester units each semester, and shall complete his or her associate of arts transfer degree in not more than two years from the date he or she enrolled at the community college.
(g) A participating California State University campus shall accept a minimum of 60 semester units earned by a participating student at either a high school or a community college.
(h) A participating student shall receive priority enrollment status at a participating California State University campus, and shall be required to enroll at that California State University campus either in the summer term or the fall semester immediately succeeding that pupil’s completion of the required community college coursework.
(i) The bachelor’s degrees awarded at a participating California State University campus to a participating student under the pilot program shall be limited to baccalaureate degrees in one or more of the following fields of study:
(1) Science.
(2) Technology.
(3) Engineering.
(4) Mathematics.
(j) The institutions participating in the pilot program, in consultation with the appropriate private entities, may develop summer internships for participating students relating to their fields of study, for which academic credit shall be awarded for successful completion.
(k) The mandatory systemwide fees and tuition and mandatory campus-based fees charged to a participating student shall not be increased during the first two academic years of his or her attendance at a California State University campus pursuant to the pilot program.