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SB-802 Private postsecondary education.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/20/2021 04:00 AM


Senate Bill
No. 802

Introduced by Senator Roth

February 19, 2021

An act to amend Sections 94827 and 94857 of the Education Code, relating to private postsecondary education.


SB 802, as introduced, Roth. Private postsecondary education.
Existing law, the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, provides for the regulation of private postsecondary educational institutions by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education in the Department of Consumer Affairs. The act applies to private entities with a physical presence in the state that offer postsecondary education, as defined in the act, to the public for an institutional charge, but exempts certain institutions from its application, including certain institutions that offer continuing education, which is also defined in the act. The act requires the bureau to adopt by regulation minimum operating standards for institutions that are subject to the act’s provisions, as specified.
This bill would revise the definition of “continuing education” to expressly exclude instruction that leads to a degree. The bill would change the definition of “postsecondary education” from a formal institutional educational program whose “curriculum” is designed primarily for specified students, to a formal institutional educational program whose “instruction” is designed primarily for those students.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


 Section 94827 of the Education Code is amended to read:

 “Continuing education” means instruction that does not lead to a degree in subjects that licensees are required to take solely for the purpose of continued licensure, or to enhance their the licensee’s skills and knowledge within their particular profession, occupation, trade, or career field.

SEC. 2.

 Section 94857 of the Education Code is amended to read:

 “Postsecondary education” means a formal institutional educational program whose curriculum instruction is designed primarily for students who have completed or terminated their secondary education or are beyond the compulsory age of secondary education, including programs whose purpose is academic, vocational, or continuing professional education.