Bill Text: CA AB1727 | 2019-2020 | Regular Session | Enrolled


Bill Title: Community colleges: career development and college preparation courses.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Vetoed) 2019-10-13 - Vetoed by Governor. [AB1727 Detail]

Download: California-2019-AB1727-Enrolled.html

Enrolled  September 20, 2019
Passed  IN  Senate  September 12, 2019
Passed  IN  Assembly  September 13, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  September 06, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  August 30, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 01, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1727


Introduced by Assembly Member Weber

February 22, 2019


An act to amend Section 84760.5 of the Education Code, relating to postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1727, Weber. Community colleges: career development and college preparation courses.
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 makes specified community college career development and college preparation courses and specified classes for which credit is not given eligible for state funding.
This bill would require the board of governors to adopt regulations, no later than May 31, 2020, requiring the accounting, for purposes of state funding of community colleges, of students enrolled in certain types of courses to be conducted by positive attendance count or on a census date basis in accord with certain computational requirements. To the extent these provisions would add additional duties on community college districts, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 84760.5 of the Education Code is amended to read:

84760.5.
 (a) For purposes of this chapter, the following career development and college preparation courses and classes for which credit is not given, and that are offered as a complement of courses, through both face-to-face and distance education instructional methods, leading to a certificate of completion, that lead to improved employability or job placement opportunities, or to a certificate of competency in a recognized career field by articulating with college-level coursework, completion of an associate of arts degree, or for transfer to a four-year degree program, are eligible for funding subject to subdivision (b):
(1) Classes and courses in elementary and secondary basic skills.
(2) Classes and courses for students, eligible for educational services in workforce preparation classes, in the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing, mathematics, decisionmaking, and problem solving skills that are necessary to participate in job-specific technical training.
(3) Short-term vocational programs with high employment potential, as determined by the chancellor in consultation with the Employment Development Department using job demand data provided by that department.
(4) Classes and courses in English as a second language and vocational English as a second language.
(b) The board of governors shall adopt criteria and standards for the identification of career development and college preparation courses and the eligibility of these courses for funding, including the definition of courses eligible for funding pursuant to subdivision (a). The criteria and standards shall be based on recommendations from the chancellor, the statewide academic senate, and the statewide association of chief instructional officers. The career and college preparation courses to be identified for this higher rate of funding should include suitable courses that meet one or more of the qualifications described in subdivision (a).
(c) A district that offers courses described in subdivision (a), but that is not eligible for funding under subdivision (b), shall be eligible for funding under Section 84757.
(d) The chancellor, in consultation with the Department of Finance and the Legislative Analyst’s Office, shall develop specific outcome measures for career development and college preparation courses for incorporation into the annual report required by subdivision (b) of Section 84754.5.
(e) The chancellor shall prepare and submit to the Department of Finance and the Legislature, on or before November 1 of each year, a report that details, at a minimum, the following:
(1) The amount of FTES claimed by each community college district for career development and college preparation courses and classes.
(2) The specific certificate programs and course titles of career development and college preparation courses and classes receiving additional funding pursuant to this section, as well as the number of those courses and classes receiving additional funding.
(f) (1) Accounting of FTES for students enrolled in term-length career development and college preparation courses that meet one or more of the qualifications described in subdivision (a) shall be conducted, for courses offered pursuant to subdivision (a) that are not open entry-open exit courses, on a census date basis or a positive attendance count basis pursuant to the following:
(A) For courses scheduled coterminously with the term, the units of FTES shall be computed by dividing actual student contact hours of attendance by 525, or by multiplying the weekly number of student contact hours of students in active enrollment as of Monday of the week nearest to one-fifth of the length of the term, unless another week is specified by the chancellor to incorporate past practice, by the term length multiplier, and dividing by 525.
(B) For courses scheduled to meet for five or more days and scheduled regularly with respect to the number of hours during each scheduled day or scheduled during the summer or other intersession, but not scheduled coterminously with the college’s primary term, the units of FTES, exclusive of independent study and cooperative work-experience education courses, shall be computed by dividing actual student contact hours of attendance by 525, or by multiplying the daily student contact hours of students in active enrollment as of the census day nearest to one-fifth of the length of the course by the number of days the course is scheduled to meet, and dividing by 525.
(2) The board of governors shall adopt regulations to implement this subdivision no later than May 31, 2020.
(3) As used in this subdivision:
(A) “Student contact hour” means a scheduled class period in which one student is enrolled. A class period for this purpose is not less than 50 minutes nor more than 60 minutes.
(B) “Term length multiplier” means the number of weeks in which at least three days of instruction or examination in term length courses of the community college are scheduled.

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.
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