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AB-1786 Community colleges: academic credit for prior military experience.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/26/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 26, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 20, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1786


Introduced by Assembly Member Cervantes
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Arambula, Caballero, Carrillo, Eduardo Garcia, Quirk-Silva, and Rubio)
(Coauthor: Senator Hueso)

January 08, 2018


An act to amend Section 66025.7 of the Education Code, relating to community colleges.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1786, as amended, Cervantes. Community colleges: academic credit for prior military experience.
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 establishes community college districts throughout the state, and authorizes these districts to provide instruction at the campuses they operate.
Existing law requires the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, using common course descriptors and pertinent recommendations of the American Council on Education, to determine, by July 1, 2015, for which courses credit should be awarded for prior military experience.
This bill would instead require a statewide articulation officer at the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, who would be designated by the chancellor under the bill’s provisions by March 31, 2019, to, using common course descriptors and pertinent recommendations of the American Council on Education, determine, by July 1, 2019, for which courses credit should be awarded for prior military experience. the chancellor to establish, by March 31, 2019, an initiative to expand the use of course credit at the California Community Colleges for students with prior learning. The bill would require the chancellor to submit, by January 1, 2020, a report on the initiative to the Legislature.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 66025.7 of the Education Code is amended to read:

66025.7.
 (a) By March 31, 2019, the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges shall designate a statewide articulation officer at the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges. establish an initiative to expand the use of course credit at the California Community Colleges for students with prior learning. The initiative shall identify best practices for the use of course credit for students with prior learning, locate and collect available resources, and provide professional development in connection with the identified best practices. The initiative shall identify the best practices for purposes of establishing potential pilot programs and shall provide recommendations for internal systemwide policy changes to expand the use of course credit at the California Community Colleges for students with prior learning.
(b) (1) By January 1, 2020, the chancellor shall submit a report to the Legislature, pursuant to Section 9795 of the Government Code, on the initiative described in subdivision (a), including, but not limited to, activities established by the initiative. The report shall include recommendations for legislative policy changes necessary to implement the best practices identified by the initiative.
(2) The requirement for submitting a report imposed under paragraph (1) is inoperative on January 1, 2024, pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code.

(b)By July 1, 2019, the officer designated pursuant to subdivision (a) shall, using common course descriptors and pertinent recommendations of the American Council on Education, determine for which courses credit should be awarded for prior military experience.