BILL ANALYSIS 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 _________________________________________________________________ ____ 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. _________________________________________________________________ ____ Fiscal Impact (in thousands) Major Provisions 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 Fund Feasibility study $500 to $600, one-time General _________________________________________________________________ ____ 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. Page 2 AB 24 (Block) 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.