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Education Code - EDC

TITLE 2. ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION [33000 - 64100]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

DIVISION 4. INSTRUCTION AND SERVICES [46000 - 64100]

  ( Division 4 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 29. PROGRAMS FOR DISADVANTAGED PUPILS [54000 - 54760]

  ( Part 29 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 9. Miscellaneous Programs [54600 - 54760]

  ( Chapter 9 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

ARTICLE 6. University and College Opportunities Program [54700 - 54704]
  ( Heading of Article 6 renumbered from Article 4 by Stats. 1987, Ch. 56, Sec. 41. )

54700.
  

It is the intent and purpose of the Legislature that the University and College Opportunities Program provided for in this article shall be directed to improve the preparation of elementary and secondary school pupils for their successful matriculation through courses of study at two-year and four-year institutions of postsecondary education.

It is the intent and purpose of the Legislature that school districts be authorized to establish college preparatory programs targeted towards pupils from groups which are underrepresented in institutions of postsecondary education. It is further the intent of the Legislature that funding for these programs shall be derived from existing funds apportioned to participating school districts so as to result in no additional costs to the state. It is further the intent of the Legislature that participating school districts shall be encouraged to coordinate and utilize new and existing resources and service networks available to them and that they solicit the participation of the California Community Colleges, the California State University and Colleges, the University of California, and other public and private sector entities.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1298, Sec. 16.)

54701.
  

Any school district may apply to establish a University and College Opportunities Program with existing local or categorical funds. Any funds which may be donated by businesses or foundations may be used by participating districts to establish science and math regional centers which provide high quality science and mathematics instruction not normally available in regular school, to establish summer programs to provide academic enrichment in math, science, and English, and career awareness programs in professions requiring math and science backgrounds. Participation on the part of any school district shall be voluntary. Districts currently participating in existing categorical aid programs may utilize existing plans developed for these programs to describe their University and College Opportunities Program. The existing district plans and school plans submitted in the applications adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to the rules and regulations adopted under Section 54704 shall contain a description of the University and College Opportunities Program, including the following:

(a) A description of the proposed program administration, staff training, and pupil identification and assessment components.

(b) A description of the comprehensive program, which shall be of sufficient size and scope to meet the intent of this article and which shall include, but not be limited to, the following criteria:

(1) Assurances that the instructional program will maintain a sound curriculum for pupils, particularly for pupils from those underrepresented groups identified pursuant to the passage of Resolution Chapter 212 of the Statutes of 1974, to meet the minimum university requirements to excel in math, science, and other technology-based careers.

(2) Academic advising to assist pupils who desire to enter into careers in the fields of math and science to select classes that best prepare them for study at the university and college levels in these fields.

(3) College counseling to assist pupils in preparing the necessary application forms for college admission, to procure scholarships and other financial aid, and to meet all deadlines for these programs.

(4) Career counseling to inform pupils of the opportunities and options available to them within the mathematics-based professions, such as the fields of engineering, business administration, and computer sciences.

(5) The establishment of tutorial programs and study groups to enable pupils to develop the study skills necessary to compete successfully at the postsecondary level.

(6) The establishment and operation of summer programs to provide academic enrichment in mathematics, science, and English as well as providing an orientation to those professions requiring a background in mathematics.

(7) The development of strategies for parental involvement.

(8) The development of appropriate pupil and staff incentive awards.

(9) The development of a system for collecting follow-up data on pupils who participate in the program.

(10) Assurances that the educational needs of pupils intended to be served by categorical funds used by this program will continue to be addressed.

(c) A description of the district’s plans for the participation of appropriate advisory groups, representatives from postsecondary institutions, representatives from private organizations and, whenever feasible, Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) coordinators.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1298, Sec. 16.)

54702.
  

School districts participating in the University and College Opportunities Program may enter into contractual agreements with neighboring community colleges, public and private universities and colleges, and other private and public sector entities for the utilization of facilities and services necessary to operate a University and College Opportunities Program. Participating districts may also enter into agreements with other districts to establish cooperative programs or to operate regional centers for instruction in the math- and science-related fields.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1298, Sec. 16.)

54703.
  

The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall prepare rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this article, including rules and regulations which:

(a) Prescribe the procedure by which a district shall identify pupils who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

(b) Provide for the rendering of technical assistance which, upon request, shall be available to enable school districts and schools to design, implement, or evaluate the University and College Opportunities Programs authorized by this article.

(c) Identify effective practices regarding, but not necessarily limited to, University and College Opportunities Programs and which disseminate information regarding these programs to each participating school district and county superintendent of schools.

(d) Develop, in conjunction with the California Postsecondary Education Commission, common data elements, which can be used by secondary and postsecondary educators to assess and improve program performance.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1298, Sec. 16.)

54704.
  

The State Board of Education shall adopt rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this article on or before March 1, 1983.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1298, Sec. 16.)

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