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Education Code - EDC

TITLE 3. POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION [66000 - 101060]

  ( Title 3 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

DIVISION 7. COMMUNITY COLLEGES [70900 - 88922]

  ( Division 7 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 48. COMMUNITY COLLEGES, EDUCATION PROGRAMS [78015 - 79500]

  ( Part 48 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 2. Courses of Study [78210 - 78300]

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

ARTICLE 1. Student Matriculation [78210 - 78219]
  ( Heading of Article 1 renumbered from Article 1.5 by Stats. 1993, Ch. 8, Sec. 35. )

78210.
  

This article shall be known and may be cited as the Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 624, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2013. Note: See provision in Section 78218 making operation contingent upon funding.)

78211.
  

It is the intent of the Legislature to do all of the following:

(a) Ensure equal education opportunity for all Californians.

(b) Provide students with the resources and support to establish informed educational choices aligned with their academic and career goals.

(c) Ensure that students receive the educational services necessary to optimize their opportunities for success in completing their educational goals and courses of study.

(d) Recognize that student success is the responsibility of the institution and student, supported by well-coordinated and evidence-based student and instructional services to foster academic success.

(e) Target state resources on the provision of critical student services, such as counseling and student advising, and identify a broad array of service delivery mechanisms that can effectively reach a greater number of students.

(f) Recognize the importance for community college districts of establishing local and regional partnerships with school districts, workforce agencies, and other system partners to leverage resources to assist students in exploring career options, preparing for college, and developing and achieving educational goals and plans.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 624, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2013. Note: See provision in Section 78218 making operation contingent upon funding.)

78211.5.
  

(a) The purpose of the Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012 is to increase California community college student access and success by providing effective core matriculation services, including orientation, assessment and placement, counseling, and other education planning services, and academic interventions. The focus of the Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012 is on the entering students’ transition into college in order to provide a foundation for student achievement and successful completion of students’ educational goals, with a priority toward serving students who enroll to earn degrees, career technical certificates, transfer preparation, or career advancement. The Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012 targets state resources on core matriculation services that research has shown to be critical in increasing the ability of students to reach their academic and career goals. By focusing funding in these core areas and leveraging the use of technology to more efficiently and effectively serve a greater number of students, the goal of the Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012 is to provide students with a solid foundation and opportunity for success in the California Community Colleges.

(b) Any college or district receiving funding under this article shall agree to carry out its provisions as specified, but shall be bound to that agreement only for the period during which funding is received pursuant to this article. The obligations of the college or district under the agreement shall include, but not be limited to, the expenditure of funds received pursuant to this article for only those services approved by the board of governors and the contribution toward the purposes of this article of matching funds as the board of governors may require pursuant to Section 78216.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 624, Sec. 5. Effective January 1, 2013. Note: See provision in Section 78218 making operation contingent upon funding.)

78212.
  

(a) (1) For purposes of this article, “matriculation” means a process that brings a college and a student into an agreement for the purpose of achieving the student’s educational goals and completing the student’s course of study. The agreement involves the responsibilities of both parties to attain those objectives through the college’s established programs, policies, and requirements including those established by the board of governors pursuant to Section 78215.

(2) The institution’s responsibility under the agreement includes the provision of student services to provide a strong foundation and support for their academic success and ability to achieve their educational goals. The program of services funded through the Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012, which shall be known and may be cited as the Student Success and Support Program, shall include, but are not necessarily limited to, all of the following:

(A) Orientation services designed to provide to students, on a timely basis, information concerning campus procedures, academic expectations, financial assistance, and any other matters the college or district finds appropriate.

(B) Assessment before course registration, as defined in Section 78213.

(C) Counseling and other education planning services, which shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, all of the following:

(i) Counseling and advising.

(ii) Assistance to students in the exploration of educational and career interests and aptitudes and identification of educational objectives, including, but not limited to, preparation for transfer, associate degrees, and career technical education certificates and licenses.

(iii) The provision of information, guided by sound counseling principles and practices, using a broad array of delivery mechanisms, including technology-based strategies to serve a continuum of student needs and abilities, that will enable students to make informed choices.

(iv) Development of an education plan leading to a course of study and guidance on course selection that is informed by, and related to, a student’s academic and career goals.

(D) Referral to specialized support services as needed and available, including, but not necessarily limited to, federal, state, and local financial assistance; health services; career services; veteran support services; foster youth services; extended opportunity programs and services provided pursuant to Article 8 (commencing with Section 69640) of Chapter 2 of Part 42 of Division 5; campus child care services provided pursuant to Article 4 (commencing with Section 8225) of Chapter 2 of Part 6 of Division 1 of Title 1; programs that teach basic skills education and English as a second language; and disabled student services provided pursuant to Chapter 14 (commencing with Section 67300) of Part 40 of Division 5.

(E) Evaluation of each student’s progress and referral to appropriate interventions for students who are enrolled in basic skills courses, who have not declared an educational goal as required, or who are on academic probation, as defined by standards adopted by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges and community college districts.

(3)  The student’s responsibilities under the agreement include, but are not necessarily limited to, the identification of an academic and career goal upon application, the declaration of a specific course of study after a specified time period or unit accumulation, as defined by the board of governors, diligence in class attendance and completion of assigned coursework, and the completion of courses and maintenance of academic progress toward an educational goal and course of study identified in the student’s education plan. To ensure that students are not unfairly impacted by the requirements of this chapter, the board of governors shall establish a reasonable implementation period that is phased in as resources are available to provide nonexempt students with the core services pursuant to this section.

(b) Funding for the Student Success and Support Program shall be targeted to fully implement orientation, assessment, counseling and advising, and other education planning services needed to assist a student in making an informed decision about his or her educational goal and course of study and in the development of an education plan.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 624, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 2013. Note: See provision in Section 78218 making operation contingent upon funding.)

78213.
  

(a) No district or college may use any assessment instrument for the purposes of this article without the authorization of the board of governors. The board of governors may adopt a list of authorized assessment instruments pursuant to the policies and procedures developed pursuant to this section and the intent of this article. The board of governors may waive this requirement as to any assessment instrument pending evaluation.

(b) The board of governors shall review all assessment instruments to ensure that they meet all of the following requirements:

(1) Assessment instruments shall be sensitive to cultural and language differences between students, and shall be adapted as necessary to accommodate students with disabilities.

(2) Assessment instruments shall be used as an advisory tool to assist students in the selection of appropriate courses.

(3) Assessment instruments shall not be used to exclude students from admission to community colleges.

(c) The board of governors shall establish an advisory committee to review and make recommendations concerning all assessment instruments used by districts and colleges pursuant to this article.

(d) For purposes of this section, “assessment” means the process of gathering information about a student regarding the student’s study skills, English language proficiency, computational skills, aptitudes, goals, learning skills, career aspirations, academic performance, and need for special services. Assessment methods may include, but not necessarily be limited to, interviews, standardized tests, attitude surveys, vocational or career aptitude and interest inventories, high school or postsecondary transcripts, specialized certificates or licenses, educational histories, and other measures of performance.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 624, Sec. 8. Effective January 1, 2013. Note: See provision in Section 78218 making operation contingent upon funding.)

78214.
  

(a) All participating districts shall, with the assistance of the chancellor, establish and maintain institutional research to evaluate the effectiveness of the Student Success and Support Program described by this article and of any other programs or services designed to facilitate students’ completion of their educational goals and courses of study.

(b) The metrics for this research shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) Prior educational experience, including transcripts when appropriate, as determined by the chancellor.

(2) Educational goals and courses of study.

(3) Criteria for exemption from orientation, assessment, or required counseling or advisement, if applicable.

(4) Need for financial assistance.

(5) Disaggregated data by ethnicity, gender, disability, age, and socioeconomic status, to the extent this information is available.

(6) Academic performance, such as the completion of specified unit thresholds, success in basic skills courses, grade point average, course completion outcomes, transfer readiness, and degree and certificate completion.

(7) Any additional information that the chancellor finds appropriate.

(c) The evaluation provided for by this section shall include an assessment of the effectiveness of the programs and services in attaining at least the following objectives:

(1) Helping students to define their academic and career goals and declare a course of study.

(2) Assisting institutions in the assessment of students’ educational needs and valid course placement.

(3) Helping support students’ successful course completion and goal attainment.

(4) Matching institutional resources with students’ educational needs.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 624, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 2013. Note: See provision in Section 78218 making operation contingent upon funding.)

78215.
  

(a) The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, in consultation with students, faculty, student service administrators, and other key stakeholders, shall establish policies and processes for all of the following:

(1) Requiring all nonexempt students to complete orientation and assessment and to develop education plans.

(2) Exempting students from participation in orientation, assessment, or required education planning services under this article.

(3) Requiring community college districts to adopt a student appeal process.

(b) To ensure that students are not unfairly impacted by the requirements of this chapter, these policies and processes shall be phased in over a reasonable period of time as determined by the board of governors in consideration of the resources available to provide the core services identified in Section 78212.

(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that these policies and processes be developed and implemented only as resources are provided and utilized by community college campuses to provide the student support services, individual counseling and advising, and technology-based strategies necessary to ensure that students can successfully meet the requirements of this section.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 624, Sec. 10. Effective January 1, 2013. Note: See provision in Section 78218 making operation contingent upon funding.)

78216.
  

(a) The Legislature recognizes that community college districts are currently funding various components of student matriculation through existing orientation, counseling and advising, education planning, assessment, and other student services, but that adequate student matriculation and implementation of the Student Success and Support Program strategies cannot be realized without supplemental funding support.

(b) The board of governors shall develop a formula for allocating the funding for the Student Success and Support Program to implement the services identified in Section 78212 at community colleges. The formula shall include the requirement that the districts or colleges contribute matching funds in an amount to be established by the board of governors in each case, and shall reflect, but not be necessarily limited to, other considerations as follows:

(1) The number of students to receive services at each college.

(2) The number of students who received orientation, assessment, counseling and advising, and other education planning services.

(3) The requirement that funds for the Student Success and Support Program services be expended only for services approved by the board of governors.

(4) The requirement that any district or college receiving funding pursuant to this section agree to implement this article, implement the board of governors’ system of common assessment, if using an assessment instrument for placement, and implement the board of governors’ accountability scorecard, pursuant to Section 84754.5, when established during the period in which it receives that funding.

(5) Insofar as a community college district is able to fully implement in-person or technology strategies for orientation, assessment, and education planning services, the board of governors may identify other noninstructional support services that can be funded through this article.

(c) The board of governors shall require participating colleges to develop a Student Success and Support Program plan that reflects all of the following:

(1) A description of the Student Success and Support Program services identified in Section 78212 to be provided.

(2) A description of the college’s process to identify students at risk for academic or progress probation and the college’s plan for interventions or services to students.

(3) The college budget for the state-funded Student Success and Support Program services pursuant to Sections 78212 and 78214.

(4) The development and training of staff and faculty to implement the Student Success and Support Program services.

(5) In multicampus districts, the coordination of the college Student Success and Support Program plan with other college plans within the district.

(6) Technology services and institutional research and evaluation necessary for implementation of this article.

(7) Coordination with college student equity plans to ensure that the college has identified strategies to monitor and address equity issues and mitigate any disproportionate impacts on student access and achievement.

(8) The extent to which the community college is able to develop partnerships with feeder high school districts, workforce agencies, and other community partners to assist entering students in career and educational exploration and planning and leverage resources to support a successful transition to college and career.

(d) The board of governors may allocate up to 5 percent of the total funds appropriated for the Student Success and Support Program for state administrative operations to carry out the intent of this article, subject to the review of the annual budget process.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 624, Sec. 11. Effective January 1, 2013. Note: See provision in Section 78218 making operation contingent upon funding.)

78218.
  

In the 2012–13 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter, this article shall be operative only if funds are specifically appropriated for the purposes of this article.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 624, Sec. 12. Effective January 1, 2013. Note: Operational conditions apply to Article 1, commencing with Section 78210.)

78219.
  

(a) The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges shall establish a common assessment system to be used as one of multiple measures, consistent with existing regulations, for the purposes of community college placement and advisement. The system shall include all of the following objectives:

(1) Selection of an existing commercially available and centrally delivered system of student assessment that provides a single common assessment instrument for use by community colleges in the curriculum areas of English, mathematics, and English as a second language.

(2) Creation of a secure, centrally housed assessment test data warehouse that shall collect all of the following:

(A) All available assessment scores generated by assessed students at all community colleges.

(B) All available K–12 assessment data for students at all community colleges. The use of this data shall be limited to placing and advising community college students to enhance their success with and completion of their postsecondary education objectives.

(C) Other data or student transcript information that is used for the purpose of student placement.

(3) Creation of an Internet Web portal that can be accessed by community college personnel and students and that provides all of the following:

(A) An assessment profile, generated for each student upon request, that includes all assessment information available in the data warehouse created pursuant to paragraph (2). This profile shall be accessible for counseling, matriculation, and course placement purposes.

(B) A pretest application that emulates the structure of the student assessment created pursuant to paragraph (1) that students can practice on and familiarize themselves with before taking future assessments.

(C) An advisement tool that provides students with information about the importance of taking the common assessment to be placed in college-level courses in English, mathematics, or English as a second language and the historical success rates of students who place in various levels of remedial coursework.

(b) In developing the common assessment, the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges shall work in collaboration with the State Department of Education and the California State University when developing a common college-readiness standard that will be reflected in the creation of assessment instruments.

(c) The Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges shall submit a report to the Legislature and the Governor on the progress of the implementation of the common assessment system by December 31, 2012.

(d) The provisions of this section shall be operative upon the receipt of state, federal, or philanthropic funds sufficient to cover the costs of the common assessment system.

(Added by Stats. 2011, Ch. 615, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2012. Section conditionally operative, by its own provisions.)

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