BILL ANALYSIS SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION Gloria Romero, Chair 2009-2010 Regular Session BILL NO: AB 1713 AUTHOR: Furutani AMENDED: March 18, 2010 FISCAL COMM: Yes HEARING DATE: June 16, 2010 URGENCY: No CONSULTANT:Kathleen Chavira SUBJECT : Community College Reporting Requirements KEY POLICY ISSUE Should the California Community College Chancellor's Office be relieved of the specified statutorily established reporting requirements? SUMMARY This bill deletes, consolidates, and modifies six reports which are currently statutorily required to be produced by the California Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO). BACKGROUND Current law and the annual budget act, via supplemental or provisional reporting language adopted therein, requires the public postsecondary education segments to report to the Legislature a large number of reports per year. AB 1182 (Brownley, Chapter 386, Statutes of 2009) eliminated some, and restructured and reorganized other, higher education reporting requirements of the state's public universities and colleges to provide for more effective, manageable, and transparent reporting to the Legislature. AB 1585 (Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review, Chapter 7, Statutes of 2010) modified the list of state agency reports maintained by the Legislative Counsel. ANALYSIS This bill : AB 1713 Page 2 1) Repeals a requirement that the CCCCO and the Superintendent of Public Instruction convene a working group of adult education and data experts to review and report on the feasibility, design, and cost of a common data set in adult education by July 1, 2007. (Education Code 10701) 2) Authorizes the CCCCO to consolidate annual reports on concurrent enrollment and special admits into a single report and changes the due date from November 1 to March 1. (EC 48800) 3) Deletes a requirement that the governing bodies of the three public segments report to the Legislature on the status and plans of their respective segments' implementation of a common course numbering system. (EC 66725.3(b)) 4) Changes the due date from May 1 to July 1 for an annual report on the amount of full-time equivalent students (FTES) claimed by each community college district for career development and college preparation courses. 5) Deletes a requirement that the California State University (CSU) and California Community Colleges (CCC) evaluate the extent to which their current programs are meeting the needs of foster youth and how those outreach and retention services can be improved. (EC 89343) STAFF COMMENTS 1) Need for the bill . According to the author, statute and budget act provisions require the California Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) to submit dozens of reports to the Governor and the Legislature, some of which are burdensome, inconsistent, obsolete and/or duplicative, some of which can be consolidated or moved to a more efficient timeline, and some of which are no longer needed. According to the author, the CCCCO is required to produce a total of 43 legislatively mandated reports. This bill will modify six of these reports in the Education Code. 2) Common course numbering . SB 1415 (Brulte, Chapter 307, Statutes of 2004) required (and requested, as appropriate) the public postsecondary education AB 1713 Page 3 institutions to adopt a common course numbering system by January 1, 2006 in order to facilitate the transfer process. Additionally, it required the Board of Governors (BOG) of the CCC to report on the status of activities related to the adoption of this system for the 20 highest demand majors and its plans for implementation of this system for all other majors. In 2007, the BOG reported that it had awarded a two-year grant to a specific district to develop and implement a common course numbering system. However, it does not appear that the Legislature ever received the report summarizing the progress/achievement of the statutorily prescribed goals. Rather than being obsolete, it appears that the required activities have yet to be completed and reported upon. It may be more appropriate to update rather than delete the statute, in order to ensure compliance with the prescribed goals. Staff recommends the bill be amended to retain the reporting requirement and to reset the due dates in EC 66725.3 to 2011. 3) Foster Youth . AB 2463 (Chapter 1129, Statutes of 1996) required that the CSU and CCC evaluate the effectiveness of their programs in recruiting and retaining foster youth and required a 1998 report on the current and expanded services/efforts around these youth. The obsolete reporting requirement was deleted in 2004. The CSU reports that, through a grant from the Stuart Foundation, it has created the CSU Foster Youth in Higher Education project which supports the recruitment and identification of colleges interested in increased retention and graduation of foster youth. The Foundation requires tracking of specific outcome measures around the enrollment, completion, support programs, and financial aid for these youth. Additionally, foster youth who self-identify are tracked at the campus level and, the CSU reports that a new initiative with Cal-Pass that allows the ability to identify former foster youth should help to further improve outreach efforts and student retention services. The CCCCO, in addition to its voluntary Foster Youth Success Initiative which is funded through limited AB 1713 Page 4 foundation support at some colleges, has developed a number of resources/tools for campuses to use as they work with foster youth. The CCCCO is also in the process of establishing a data element in its statewide Management Information System which can be used to track educational outcomes for students who self-identify as being foster youth. In spite of these laudable efforts within the CSU and CCC, it may be premature to suggest that a focus on foster youth services is no longer necessary. Would deletion of statute that requires the ongoing evaluation of programs that serve foster youth be interpreted as an indication that the Legislature no longer feels these activities are necessary? Staff recommends the bill be amended to retain current law. 4) Special Admits/Concurrent Enrollment . This bill authorizes the consolidation of information required in EC 48800 with a report required in EC 76002. Staff recommends the bill be amended to make a conforming change in 76002 that authorizes the CCCO to include the information required in ED 48800(d)(4) in its report. SUPPORT California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Community College League of California OPPOSITION None received.