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SB-478 Public postsecondary education: transfer of community college students to the California State University or University of California.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/20/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  March 20, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 478


Introduced by Senator Portantino

February 16, 2017


An act to add Section 66722.2 to the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 478, as amended, Portantino. Public postsecondary education: transfer of community college students to the California State University or University of California.
Existing law, the Donahoe Higher Education Act, establishes the 3 segments of public postsecondary education in this state. These segments are the California State University, administered by the Trustees of the California State University, the University of California, administered by the Regents of the University of California, and the California Community Colleges, administered by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. A provision of the act applies to the University of California only to the extent that the regents, by resolution, make that provision applicable. Existing provisions of the act require the governing bodies of the 3 public postsecondary segments, with appropriate consultation with the academic senates of the respective segments, to develop, maintain, and disseminate a common core curriculum in general education courses for the purposes of transfer. Existing law provides that a student that earns an associate degree for transfer from a community college is eligible to transfer into a California State University baccalaureate program when the student meets specified requirements. Existing law recognizes that the University of California has been working with the California Community Colleges to seek improvements to the transfer process and states the intent of the Legislature that the University of California consider various viable pathways to transfer, including the development of an associate degree for transfer granted by community college districts, as part of this endeavor.
This bill would require the governing board of each community college district to direct the appropriate officials at their respective campuses to (1) identify those students who have completed an associate degree for transfer in a manner that can be accessed electronically by the California State University and the University of California enrollment systems. The bill would require that a student who has completed an associate degree for transfer be added to this identification system maintained by a community college campus within 45 days of completion of the degree unless the student affirmatively opts out of being included. transfer, (2) notify those students of their completion of the degree requirements, (3) automatically award the student with the degree, and (4) add the student to an identification system maintained by the community college campus in a manner that can be accessed electronically by the California State University and the University of California enrollment systems. The bill would require that these steps be completed within 45 days of a student’s completion of the associate degree of transfer and would authorize a student to affirmatively exercise an option to not receive an associate degree of transfer or to be included in the accessible identification system maintained by the community college campus.
By placing additional duties upon a community college district, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 66722.2 is added to the Education Code, to read:

66722.2.
 (a) The governing board of each community college district shall direct the appropriate officials at their respective campuses to electronically identify those students who have completed an associate degree for transfer in a manner that can be accessed by the California State University and the University of California enrollment systems. A student who has completed an associate degree for transfer shall be added to the identification system maintained by a community college campus within 45 days of completion of the degree unless the student affirmatively opts out of being included. do all of the following:
(1) Identify those students who have completed an associate degree for transfer.
(2) Notify those students of their completion of the associate degree of transfer requirements.
(3) Automatically award the student with the associate degree of transfer.
(4) Add the student to an identification system maintained by the community college campus in a manner that can be accessed electronically by the California State University and the University of California enrollment systems.
(b) The steps required in subdivision (a) shall be completed within 45 days of the student completing the associate degree for transfer requirements.
(c) A student may affirmatively exercise an option to not receive an associate degree of transfer or to be included in the accessible identification system maintained by the community college campus. Paragraphs (3) and (4) of subdivision (a) do not apply to a student who affirmatively opts out from receiving an associate degree of transfer. Paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) does not apply if a student affirmatively opts out of being included in the identification system maintained by the community college campus.

SEC. 2.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.