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AB-2621 Postsecondary education: California Community Colleges.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/04/2018 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 03, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2621


Introduced by Assembly Member Medina

February 15, 2018


An act to amend add and repeal Section 66011 of 70901.3 of the Education Code, relating to postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2621, as amended, Medina. Postsecondary education: California Community Colleges.
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 them to provide instruction at the campuses they operate.
This bill would require the Legislative Analyst’s Office to conduct a study on the feasibility of creating an exclusively online community college and to report its findings to the Legislature on or before July 1, 2019.

Existing law, the Donahoe Higher Education Act, among other things, declares the policy of the Legislature that all resident applicants to California institutions of public higher education, who are determined to be qualified by law or by admission standards established by the respective governing boards, should be admitted to a district of the California Community Colleges, the California State University, or the University of California.

This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to this provision relating to its references to the California Community Colleges and to community college districts and their governing boards.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 70901.3 is added to the Education Code, to read:

70901.3.
 (a) The Legislative Analyst's Office shall conduct a study on the feasibility of creating an exclusively online community college, and on or before July 1, 2019, shall report its findings to the Legislature. The report shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, all of the following:
(1) The types of courses that the online community college should offer.
(2) The composition and educational requirements of the faculty who would teach the courses identified pursuant to paragraph (1).
(3) The appropriate governing body for the online community college.
(4) The appropriate role of the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges and the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.
(5) What an accreditation plan should entail for the online community college.
(6) What metrics for success and data gathering should be required and collected by the online community college.
(7) What an outreach plan to potential students should entail for the online community college.
(b) (1) A report submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(2) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section shall be repealed on January 1, 2023.

SECTION 1.Section 66011 of the Education Code is amended to read:
66011.

(a)It is the policy of the Legislature that all resident applicants to California institutions of public higher education, who are determined to be qualified by law or by admission standards established by the respective governing boards, should be admitted to either (1) a community college district, in accordance with Section 76000, (2) the California State University, or (3) the University of California.

(b)As used in this part, “governing boards” means the governing boards of community college districts and the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, the Trustees of the California State University, and the Regents of the University of California.