Bill Text: CA AB955 | 2013-2014 | Regular Session | Amended

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Bill Title: Community colleges: intersession extension programs.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2013-10-10 - Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 710, Statutes of 2013. [AB955 Detail]

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AB 955   Assembly Bill – AMENDED

Amended in Assembly May 16, 2013

Amended in Assembly April 22, 2013

Amended in Assembly April 2, 2013

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 955


Introduced by Assembly Member Williams

February 22, 2013


An act to addbegin insert and repealend insert Article 2.3 (commencing with Section 78230)begin delete toend deletebegin insert ofend insert Chapter 2 of Part 48 of Division 7 of Title 3 of the Education Code, relating to community colleges.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 955, as amended, Williams. Community colleges: intersession extension programs.

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. Under existing law, community college districts are established throughout the state and authorized to maintain campuses and provide instruction to students.

This bill wouldbegin insert, until January 1, 2020,end insert authorize the governing board of a community college district, meeting specified requirements, to establish and maintain, without the approval of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, an extension program meeting specified characteristics during summer and winter intersessions. The bill would prohibit the governing board of a community college district to expend moneys from the General Fund to establish and maintain the extension program. The bill would require a community college district maintaining the extension program to make every effort to encourage broad participation in the program and support access for students eligible for Board of Governors fee waivers. The bill would require a community college district that establishes and maintains the extension program to collect and keep specified records related to the program and to submit, by October 1 of each year, to the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges information contained in those records. The bill would require the chancellor, by November 1 of each year, to submit to the Legislative Analyst’s Office the information submitted by the community college districts. The bill would require the Legislative Analyst, by January 1, 2017, to submit to the Legislature a written report that includes a summary of the information provided, an assessment of the operation of the extension programs, and suggestions for improvements.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

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

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SECTION 1.  

The Legislature finds and declares all of the
2following:

3(a) California’s economy increasingly demands highly educated
4workers, yet the supply of college graduates will not keep up with
5demand. In 2010, President Obama recognized this crisis by calling
6on the nation’s community colleges to produce an additional five
7million graduates by 2020.

8(b) The Public Policy Institute of California has warned that by
92025, California will need an additional one million workers with
10a baccalaureate degree to meet the state’s workforce needs.

11(c) The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that
12occupations that require anbegin delete associatedend deletebegin insert associateend insert degree will grow
13by 19 percent through 2018, and persons with two-year degrees
14are 30 percent more likely to be employed and earn higher wages
15than those with only high school diplomas.

16(d) The California Community Colleges are uniquely positioned
17to provide a higher education for millions of Californians and are
18critical to the state’s ability to meet its workforce needs.

19(e) The California Community Colleges are experiencing record
20demand for access to classes and programs that provide students
21with the skills and education they need to enter the workforce and
P3    1prepare for the jobs of the future. However, funding for the
2California Community Colleges has been cut by more than $800
3million since 2008, affecting student access and completion.

4(f) According to the Public Policy Institute of California, these
5budget cuts have resulted in almost 100,000 fewer course offerings,
6the loss of access for 600,000 students, course waiting lists for
7500,000 students, and the reduction of summer intersession course
8offerings, which may slow the completion rates for some students,
9as well as reduce the earnings for some faculty and staff.

10(g) The lack of community college course offerings has led
11many students to enroll in for-profit institutions, which are more
12expensive than community colleges.

13(h) The lack of courses during summer intersessions has had a
14serious impact on veterans who must be enrolled in courses to
15access housing benefits to which they are entitled through the
16 Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (Public
17Law 110-252), otherwise known as Post-9/11 GI Bill.

18(i) Reduced access to summer intersessions also affects students
19who wish to make progress toward their goals during the summer,
20particularly those students who need only a course or two to
21complete their goals but have been crowded out of those courses
22during the regular academic session.

23(j) Extension of programs in summer and winter intersessions
24will give students an opportunity to take the courses they are not
25able to enroll in during the state-supported regular session to
26accelerate the completion of their goals, whether transfer, degree,
27or certificate.

28(k) By providing additional opportunities for students to
29complete high-demand courses, spaces should be freed up in the
30state-supported courses offered during the regular session,
31increasing all students’ ability to complete their education in a
32timely manner.

33(l) Participating community college districts should make every
34effort to ensure the ability of low-income students to enroll in
35extension courses by facilitating their participation in financial aid
36programs and accessing the American Opportunity Tax Credit,
37which refunds up to $2,500 in educational costs for eligible
38students.

P4    1(m) Extension programs should be subject to community college
2district collective bargaining agreements, as well as all state laws
3and regulations governing courses offered for credit.

4(n) To meet the needs of Californians and California’s economy,
5we should recognize that the California Community Colleges are
6uniquely able to offer high-quality programs at the lowest cost
7 possible to all Californians, and that the California Community
8Colleges should be given the flexibility to meet California’s
9educational needs in the face of significant budget reductions.

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SEC. 2.  

Article 2.3 (commencing with Section 78230) is added
11to Chapter 2 of Part 48 of Division 7 of Title 3 of the Education
12Code
, to read:

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14Article 2.3.  Intersession Extension Programs
15

 

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78230.  

(a) The governing board of a community college district
17may, without the approval of the Board of Governors of the
18California Community Colleges, establish and maintain an
19extension program offering credit courses during summer and
20winter intersessions.

21(b) An extension program established pursuant to this section
22shall have all of following characteristics:

23(1) The program shall be self-supporting and all costs associated
24with the program shall be recovered.

25(2) Program enrollment shall be open to the public.

26(3) The program shall be developed in conformance with this
27code and Division 6 (commencing with Section 50001) of Title 5
28of the California Code of Regulations related to community college
29credit courses.

30(4) The program shall be subject to community college district
31collective bargaining agreements.

32(5) The program shall apply to all courses leading to certificates,
33degrees, or transfer preparation.

34(c) A community college district offering extension courses
35under a program established and maintained under this section
36shall have served a number of students equal to, or beyond, its
37funding limit for the two immediately prior academic years, as
38provided in the annual Budget Act and as reported by the Office
39of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges.

P5    1(d) The governing board of a community college district shall
2not expend General Fund moneys to establish and maintain the
3extension program.

4(e) An extension credit course shall not supplant any course
5funded with state apportionments. A community college district
6shall not reduce a state-funded course section needed by students
7to achieve basic skills, workforce training, or transfer goals, with
8the intent of reestablishing those course sections as part of the
9extension program. The governing board of a community college
10district shall annually certify compliance with this subdivision by
11board action taken at a regular session of the board.

12(f) A degree credit course offered as an extension course shall
13meet all of the requirements of subdivision (a) of Section 55002
14of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, as it exists on
15January 1, 2013.

16(g) The governing board of a community college district may
17charge students enrolled in an extension course a fee that covers
18the actual cost of the course and that is based upon the district’s
19nonresident fee rate for the year the course is offered. For purposes
20of this subdivision, “actual cost” includes the actual cost of
21instruction, necessary equipment and supplies, student services
22and institutional support, and other costs of the community college
23district used in calculating the costs of education for nonresident
24students.

25(h) In order to assist in providing access to extension courses
26for students eligible for the Board of Governors fee waiver,
27one-third of the revenue collected pursuant to subdivision (g) shall
28be used by the district to provide financial assistance to these
29students.

30(i) A community college district maintaining an extension
31program under this section shall make every effort to encourage
32broad participation in the program and support access for students
33eligible for Board of Governors fee waivers, including, but not
34limited to, providing students with information about financial aid
35programs, the American Opportunity Tax Credit, military benefits,
36scholarships, and other financial assistance that may be available
37to students, as well as working with campus foundations to provide
38financial assistance for students attending extension programs.

39(j) (1) A community college district maintaining an extension
40program offering credit courses under this section shall collect and
P6    1keep records that measure student participation, student
2demographics, and student outcomes in a manner consistent with
3begin delete measuresend deletebegin insert recordsend insert collected by community college districts in
4regular credit programs supported through state apportionments,
5including an analysis of program effects, if any, on district
6workload and district financial status. A community college district
7shall submit this information to the Office of the Chancellor of the
8California Community Colleges by October 1 of each year. For
9community college districts operating more than one college, the
10evaluation shall be for each participating college.

11(2) The chancellor shall submit all of the information provided
12by community college districts pursuant to paragraph (1) to the
13Legislative Analyst’s Office by November 1 of each year.

14(3) No later than January 1, 2017, the Legislative Analyst shall
15submit to the Legislature a written report that includes a summary
16of the information provided pursuant to this paragraph, an
17assessment of the extent to which community college extension
18programs are operated in a manner consistent with legislative
19intent, and suggestions to the Legislature for needed statutory
20improvements.

21(k) Courses offered by the extension program established and
22maintained under this section may only be offered during summer
23and winter intersessions.

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This article shall remain in effect only until January 1,
252020, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute,
26that is enacted before January 1, 2020, deletes or extends that
27date.

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