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AB-829 California State University: Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program.(2019-2020)

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As Amends the Law on Nov 18, 2019


 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. Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program
 (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 need to prepare and educate increased numbers of occupational therapists, the state is granting the California State University authority to offer the Occupational Therapy Doctorate 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 occupational therapy education needs in the state, the California State University may establish Occupational Therapy Doctorate degree programs.
(c) The authority to establish degree programs granted by this article shall be limited to the discipline of occupational therapy.
(d) The Occupational Therapy Doctorate degree programs offered by the California State University shall be distinguished from doctoral degree programs at the University of California.
 (a) The Occupational Therapy Doctorate degree programs offered by the California State University shall be focused on preparing occupational therapists to provide health care services and shall be consistent with the standards for accreditation set forth by the appropriate accrediting body.
(b) The California State University shall provide any startup and operation funding needed for the degree programs authorized by this article from within existing budgets for academic program support, without diminishing the quality of program support offered to California State University undergraduate programs.