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AB-1040 Community colleges: ethnic studies.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Article 2.7 (commencing with Section 78240) is added to Chapter 2 of Part 48 of Division 7 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:

Article  2.7. Ethnic Studies Courses
78240.
 (a) Commencing with the 2022–23 academic year, each community college district shall offer courses in ethnic studies at each of its campuses. The units earned by students for successful completion of these courses shall be eligible for transfer to count toward a baccalaureate degree and, if applicable, shall meet the ethnic studies general education graduation requirements at the California State University. Each community college district shall collaborate with its academic senate in the development of these courses.
(b) Commencing with the 2024–25 academic year, each community college district shall require the completion of at least one course in ethnic studies of at least three units as a requirement for a student to obtain an associate degree. A community college district shall not increase the number of units required to obtain an associate degree in order to implement this requirement.
(c) (1) The chancellor shall develop and adopt appropriate regulations for the implementation of this section. The chancellor shall also develop and implement a plan to streamline the course and curriculum approval process, both at the state and local levels. The plan shall reflect an expedited state approval process for ethnic studies courses, programs, and certificates, and may include the elimination of an existing state course and program approval process. The plan shall reflect one of the following two options:
(A) A process of course and curriculum approval that enables community college districts to develop a course or program within one academic year and to offer that course or program the subsequent academic year.
(B) A process of course and curriculum approval that enables community college districts to develop a course or program within one academic semester and to offer that course or program the subsequent academic semester.
(2) The plan described in paragraph (1) shall also reflect the creation of a process that enables ethnic studies courses and programs to be portable among community college districts. This process shall enable a community college district to adapt, adopt, or adapt and adopt another community college district’s approved ethnic studies courses, programs, and curriculum within one academic semester and to offer that course or program, or use that curriculum, the subsequent academic semester.
78241.
 (a) The Legislative Analyst’s Office shall conduct a study on the number of ethnic studies courses the California State University (CSU) accepted from the community college districts to satisfy the ethnic studies course graduation requirements pursuant to Section 89032. The analysis shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
(1) Identifying the number of ethnic studies courses submitted by each community college district to the CSU that would satisfy the lower division ethnic studies requirement.
(2) Identifying the number of ethnic studies courses submitted by each community college district that were accepted and the number of ethnic studies courses that were rejected by the CSU. For each rejected ethnic studies course the CSU shall provide the Legislative Analyst’s Office with an explanation of why the course did not satisfy the ethnic studies course graduation requirement at the CSU.
(3) A description of the process used to approve community college ethnic studies courses related to the graduation requirement established by Section 89032.
(4) At a minimum, the data shall be disaggregated into the following disciplines:
(A) African American and Black studies.
(B) Asian American and Pacific Islander studies.
(C) Latino studies, including Chicano studies and Mexican American studies.
(D) Native American and indigenous peoples studies.
(E) Other academic departments or disciplines that could satisfy the CSU ethnic studies requirement, if applicable.
(b) The CSU shall provide the information described in subdivision (a) to the Legislative Analyst’s Office on or before January 1, 2023.
(c) The Legislative Analyst’s Office shall compile the information received pursuant to this section and submit a report with findings and recommendations to the education and fiscal policy committees of the Legislature on or before April 30, 2023.
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.