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          ASSEMBLY THIRD READING
          AB 2086 (Coto)
          As Amended  May 6, 2010
          Majority vote 

           HIGHER EDUCATION    9-0         APPROPRIATIONS      16-0        
           
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          |Ayes:|Block, Norby, Adams,      |Ayes:|Fuentes, Conway, Ammiano, |
          |     |Chesbro, Fong, Fuller,    |     |Bradford, Coto, Davis,    |
          |     |Galgiani, Portantino,     |     |Hill, Hall, Harkey,       |
          |     |Ruskin                    |     |Miller, Nielsen, Norby,   |
          |     |                          |     |Skinner, Solorio,         |
          |     |                          |     |Torlakson, Torrico        |
          |     |                          |     |                          |
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           SUMMARY  :  Requires institutions of higher education that  
          participate in the Cal-Grant Program to provide information on  
          license examination passage rates.  Specifically,  this bill  :

          1)Requires institutions of higher education that participate in  
            the Cal-Grant Program to provide information on  license  
            examination passage rates for the most recent year available  
            from graduates of its programs leading to employment for which  
            passage of a licensing examination is required, if the data is  
            electronically available through the Web site of the licensing  
            or regulatory agency.  

          2)Establishes that "provide" may exclusively include placement  
            of an internet address listed as an access point for the data  
            on the internet Web site where enrollment information is  
            located or on applications for enrollment or other program  
            information distributed to students.

          3)Requires each postsecondary educational institution to certify  
            compliance with the above to the California Student Aid  
            Commission (CSAC).

           EXISTING LAW  provides that, for qualification in the Cal-Grant  
          Program, an institution must be one of the following:

          1)A California private or independent postsecondary educational  
            institution that participates in the Pell Grant program and at  
            least two of the following:








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             a)   Federal Work-Study;

             b)   Perkins Loan Program; or, 

             c)   Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program.

          2)A nonprofit institution headquartered and operating in  
            California that:

             a)   Certifies to CSAC that 10% of the institution's  
               operating budget is expended for institutionally funded  
               student financial aid; 

             b)   Is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and  
               Colleges or is regionally accredited and was deemed  
               qualified by CSAC for the 2000-01 academic year; and,

             c)   Meets any other state-required criteria adopted by  
               regulation by CSAC in consultation with the Department of  
               Finance.

          3)A California public postsecondary educational institution.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, minor one-time costs for the University of California  
          (UC) and California State University (CSU) campuses offering  
          programs leading to state licensure to provide the required  
          website addresses to licensing agency examination results, and  
          minor ongoing costs for the campuses to certify compliance with  
          these requirements to CSAC.  Community college districts  
          offering programs leading to state licensure would incur minor  
          non-reimbursable costs similar to those for UC and CSU.

           COMMENTS  :  

          Purpose of this bill:  According to the author, students,  
          parents, taxpayers, policymakers, and employers should know if  
          the higher education institutions and programs they attend,  
          support, and/or finance are effective in terms of student  
          learning and imparting the skills necessary to be successful in  
          the workplace.  This bill ensures that one measure of the  
          effectiveness of postsecondary programs, the passage rates for  
          professional licensure examinations, is made publicly available  








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          by the institutions.  

          Licensing entities that publish data:  This bill provides that  
          the data disclosure requirement is contingent upon the licensing  
          entity publishing that data.  It is unclear the degree to which  
          this requirement would ensure data is made available to students  
          and the public, as it does not appear that many licensing  
          entities currently disclose licensure examination passage rates  
          based on school of graduation.   


          Analysis Prepared by  :    Laura Metune / HIGHER ED. / (916)  
          319-3960 

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