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                   Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary
                           Senator Christine Kehoe, Chair

                                           24 (Block)
          
          Hearing Date:  08/17/2009           Amended: 07/23/2009
          Consultant:  Dan Troy           Policy Vote: ED 5-0
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          BILL SUMMARY:   AB 24 would require the Chancellor of the  
          California State University to conduct a study of the  
          feasibility of establishing a satellite program and, ultimately,  
          an independent CSU campus, at Chula Vista.  This bill would also  
          modify an existing provision of law concerning alternate test  
          taking times for students.  
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                            Fiscal Impact (in thousands)

           Major Provisions         2009-10      2010-11       2011-12     Fund
           
          Feasibility study      $500 to $600, one-time           General
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          STAFF COMMENTS: This bill meets the criteria for referral to the  
          Suspense File.
          
          Current law provides that the Trustees of the California State  
          University (CSU) shall have the full power over the construction  
          and development of any CSU campus and any buildings or other  
          facilities or improvements connected with CSU.  Current law  
          further declares the intent of the Legislature that sites for  
          new institutions or branches of the University of California  
          (UC) or CSU shall not be authorized or acquired unless  
          recommended by the California Postsecondary Education Commission  
          (CPEC) and provides that all proposals for new colleges or  
          programs shall be forwarded to CPEC for review.  

          This bill would require the Chancellor of the CSU to conduct a  
          study regarding the feasibility of establishing a satellite  
          program and ultimately, an independent CSU campus at Chula  
          Vista, and specifies the study should include specified elements  
          such as enrollment projections, regional workforce needs,  
          prospective economic impact and job creation in the region,  
          potential alleviation of overcrowding and traffic at San Diego  










          State University, environmental impact, and support and capital  
          outlay projections.  

          Currently, the Chula Vista area is served by the CSU-San Marcos  
          and San Diego State University (SDSU).  According to the  
          author's office, the CSU system cannot currently accommodate  
          statewide demand for 4-year degree study. SDSU, for example,  
          turned away 69 percent of first-time freshman applicants in  
          2008.  By building a new campus at Chula Vista, it is argued  
          that a new option would be created to serve tens of thousands of  
          area residents that are being turned away at an impacted campus.  
           

          The CSU reports that all qualified students from the San Diego  
          area were offered admission to SDSU in 2008.  Further, CSU  
          suggests that the state has not provided resources sufficient  
          for CSU to meet the needs of students and fund current  
          operations.  


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          The estimated cost for the feasibility study would be in the  
          range of $500,000 to $600,000, a figure derived form considering  
          the costs of feasibility reports that have been done over the  
          past 20 years for Monterey Bay, San Marcos, and the Channel  
          Islands.  

          Additionally, the actual costs of building a new campus would  
          likely be in the hundreds of millions.