BILL NUMBER: AB 2302	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 28, 2010
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 8, 2010

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Fong

                        FEBRUARY 19, 2010

   An act to amend Section 66720 of, to add Section 66721.4 to, to
add Article 3 (commencing with Section 66745) to Chapter 9.2 of Part
40 of Division 5 of Title 3 of, to repeal Sections 66740, 66741, and
66742 of, and to amend, repeal, and add Sections 66721.7 and 66739.5
of, the Education Code, relating to postsecondary education.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 2302, as amended, Fong. Postsecondary education: student
transfer.
   (1) Existing law, the Donahoe Higher Education Act, establishes
the 3 segments of public postsecondary education in this state. These
segments include the California State University, administered by
the Trustees of the California State University, the University of
California, administered by the Regents of the University of
California, and the California Community Colleges, administered by
the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. A
provision of the act applies to the University of California only to
the extent that the regents, by resolution, make that provision
applicable.
   Existing provisions of the act require the governing bodies of the
3 public postsecondary segments, with appropriate consultation with
the academic senates of the respective segments, to develop,
maintain, and disseminate a common core curriculum in general
education courses for the purposes of transfer. This provision
requires that a person who has successfully completed the transfer
core curriculum is to be deemed to have completed all lower division
general education requirements for the University of California and
the California State University.
   This bill would additionally require the governing bodies of those
segments to develop, maintain, and disseminate a common core
curriculum in major preparation courses. The bill would require the
Chancellor of the California Community Colleges and the Chancellor of
the California State University, and would request the President of
the University of California, to jointly develop and implement a
transfer degree program for purposes of granting transfer degrees to
community college students who meet specified general education and
major preparation requirements. The bill would require community
colleges, commencing with the fall term of the 2012-13 academic year,
to grant a transfer degree to a community college student meeting
those requirements  ,  and would guarantee upper division
status to certain students who are awarded the transfer degree and
admitted as transfer students to the University of California or
California State University. The bill would require the California
State University, and request the University of California, to
guarantee admission to a campus of their respective segments to each
student who earns a transfer degree, subject to prescribed
requirements.
   The bill would require the Chancellor of the California Community
Colleges and the Chancellor of the California State University, and
would request the President of the University of California, to
report to the Legislature on progress toward compliance with the
development of the common core curriculum in general education
courses and major preparation courses and the transfer degree program
by June 30, 2011.
   By imposing new requirements on community college districts with
respect to granting transfer degrees, the bill would impose a
state-mandated local program.
   (2) Existing law requires the governing board of each community
college district to direct the appropriate officials at their
respective campuses to provide students with a copy of the current
transfer core curriculum and to distribute and publish copies of the
transfer core curriculum in a specified manner and in specified
locations.
   This bill would additionally require the governing board of each
community college district to ensure that all students desiring to
transfer to the California State University or the University of
California have appropriate access to a copy of the transfer core
curriculum in general education courses and major preparation
courses. By imposing these additional requirements on the governing
boards of community college districts, the bill would impose a
state-mandated local program.
   The bill would require the Board of Governors of the California
Community Colleges to ensure that all California community college
students are informed of transfer pathways and transfer degrees.
   (3) Existing law requests the University of California, among
other things, to address deficiencies in the articulation of major
preparation courses between the community colleges and University of
California campuses, to identify commonalities and differences in
similar majors across University of California campuses, to
articulate courses and course sequences at each campus of the
California Community Colleges for specified major degree programs for
purposes of student transfer, and to conduct a specified review of
transcripts of transfer students. Existing law requires the
Chancellor of the California State University to establish transfer
student admissions requirements to give highest priority to certain
transfer students, to specify lower division transfer curriculum for
specified major degree programs, and to articulate courses at each
campus of the California Community Colleges for specified major
degree programs for purposes of student transfer. Existing law
requires each campus of the California State University to identify
nonelective course requirements beyond systemwide lower division
transfer curriculum requirements for each major for purposes of
student transfer, in accordance with prescribed requirements.
   This bill would make these provisions inoperative on July 1, 2013,
and would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2014. The bill also
would repeal other provisions of existing law requiring the
University of California and the California State University to
develop discipline-specific articulation agreements and transfer
program agreements.
   (4) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse
local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the
state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that
reimbursement.
   This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates
determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state,
reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these
statutory provisions.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: yes.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 66720 of the Education Code is amended to read:

   66720.  (a) The Board of Governors of the California Community
Colleges, the Regents of the University of California, and the
Trustees of the California State University, with appropriate
consultation with the Academic Senates of the respective segments,
shall jointly develop, maintain, and disseminate a common core
curriculum in general education courses and a common core curriculum
in major preparation courses for the purposes of transfer.
   (b) The common core curriculum in general education courses
developed pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be the same for all
transfer students, regardless of the public four-year institution, or
the campus or location of that institution, to which the student
transfers. However, the common core curriculum may allow for minor
variations for students declaring majors requiring a high number of
units, as determined by the public postsecondary education
institutions.
   (c) The common core curriculum in major preparation courses
developed pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be the same for all
transfer students in each respective major that has lower division
requirements, regardless of the public four-year institution, or the
campus or location of that institution, to which the student
transfers.
   (d) (1) A person who has successfully completed the transfer core
curriculum in general education courses and major preparation courses
shall be deemed to have thereby completed all lower division general
education requirements for the University of California and the
California State University.
   (2) Commencing with the fall term of the 2012-13 academic year, a
California community college student who has successfully completed
the applicable transfer core curriculum in general education courses
and major preparation courses shall be eligible for a transfer degree
in accordance with Article 3 (commencing with Section 66745).
   (e) This section does not limit the authority of the University of
California and the California State University to impose
post-transfer curriculum requirements on transfer students.
  SEC. 2.  Section 66721.4 is added to the Education Code, to read:
   66721.4.  (a) The governing board of each community college
district shall ensure that all students desiring to transfer to the
California State University or the University of California have
appropriate access to a copy of the transfer core curriculum in
general education courses and major preparation courses developed
pursuant to Section 66720.
   (b) The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges
shall ensure that all California community college students are
informed of the transfer pathways and transfer degrees established by
this chapter.
  SEC. 3.  Section 66721.7 of the Education Code is amended to read:
   66721.7.  (a) It is the intent of the Legislature to ensure that
community college students who wish to earn the baccalaureate degree
at the University of California (UC) are provided with clear and
effective directions that specify curricular paths to this degree.
   (b) This section shall not be construed to limit in any way the
ability of students to gain admission through alternative paths to
transfer, such as the Intersegmental General Education Transfer
Curriculum (IGETC) or any other means.
   (c) The University of California is requested to address
deficiencies in the articulation of major preparation courses between
the California Community Colleges and the various UC campuses to
make it easier for prospective transfer students to identify which
community college courses meet major preparation requirements across
the various campuses of the university.
   (d) The University of California is requested to identify
commonalities and differences in similar majors across all UC
campuses in order to accomplish all of the following:
   (1) To provide students with general descriptions of each major.
   (2) To identify lower division degree requirements that are common
across UC campuses.
   (3) To identify additional academic requirements at each UC
campus.
   (4) To describe additional criteria that students must achieve to
be admitted at the various UC campuses.
   (e) (1) When four or more UC campuses that award undergraduate
degrees have articulated specific courses and course sequences of the
California Community Colleges for common requirements in similar
majors, the remaining UC campuses that offer undergraduate degrees
are requested to also articulate these specific community college
courses and course sequences. The Legislature recognizes that UC may
adopt provisions allowing individual UC campuses to opt out of this
articulation process on a case-by-case basis; however, these
provisions should be infrequently used. The Academic Senate of the
University of California is requested to notify the California
Community Colleges when an articulation request is denied, and to
provide information that will enable the California Community
Colleges to achieve course comparability with UC.
   (2) For at least the 20 most high-demand undergraduate majors, and
with the ultimate goal of including all majors for which it is
feasible, UC is requested to specify lower division transfer paths
clearly identifying commonalities, as well as differences, on a
comparative basis across UC campuses offering specific major
programs. The Academic Senate of the University of California is
requested to review the existing differences in lower division major
preparation in each major across UC campuses, recognizing that one
goal of these requirements should be to achieve similarity to the
greatest degree that is academically appropriate.
   (3) The University of California is requested to include all of
the following in the systemwide lower division transfer paths for the
high-demand baccalaureate major degree programs:
   (A) Lower division general education requirements for the
university.
   (B) Lower division major preparation requirements that are common
across undergraduate campuses.
   (C) Additional lower division degree requirements that are unique
to an individual campus.
   (D) Elective units, as appropriate.
   (E) Additional criteria, such as grade point averages and minimum
grades, to ensure that students are competitive in selective majors.
   (4) The systemwide lower division transfer paths shall be
specified in sufficient manner and detail so that existing and future
community college lower division courses may be articulated,
according to the usual procedures, to the corresponding UC courses or
course descriptions.
   (f) (1) The University of California is requested to, and the
Chancellor of the California Community Colleges shall, in
consultation with the Academic Senate of the California Community
Colleges, on or before January 1, 2008, facilitate the articulation
of those lower division, baccalaureate-level courses at each campus
of the California Community Colleges that meet the lower division
transfer path requirements for each major specified by UC in
paragraph (1) of subdivision (e).
   (2) The University of California is requested to annually review,
and update as appropriate, the lower division transfer paths and
articulation to ensure that they reflect current UC campus degree
requirements and community college curricula, and share the results
of that review with the Chancellor of the California Community
Colleges.
   (g) As allowed by enrollment demand and available space, UC is
requested to develop transfer admission agreement programs for
students at each campus of the California Community Colleges who
demonstrate the intent to meet the requirements of this section,
including the declaration of a major and identification of a choice
of a destination campus. The transfer admission agreement shall
guarantee admission to the campus and major identified in the
agreement and transfer of all units specified in the agreement,
subject to the student's successful completion of the requirements of
the agreement. It is the intent of the Legislature that the transfer
admission agreements entered into under this section be made
available to students early in their academic coursework. However,
nothing in this section shall be construed to preclude or limit the
development or issuance of transfer admission agreements for students
at any appropriate time up to the point of application.
   (h) A path to transfer, as specified in this section, shall be
available to any community college student who desires to transfer to
UC, and shall not be limited to students who secure a transfer
admission agreement as specified in subdivision (g). A student who
successfully completes a path to transfer, but who does not secure a
transfer admission agreement, shall be guaranteed the transferability
and degree applicability for all units that the student has earned
pursuant to the path to transfer. However, nothing in this section
shall be construed to guarantee admission to UC, or to a specific UC
campus, for a student who has not secured a transfer admission
agreement.
   (i) The University of California is requested to, and the
California Community Colleges shall, on a three-year periodic cycle,
jointly conduct a review of a random representative sample of
transcripts of students who have transferred to UC  ,  and
of students preparing for transfer  ,  to determine the
effectiveness of the transfer preparation pathways referenced in this
section.
   (j) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2013, and, as
of January 1, 2014, is repealed, unless a later enacted statute,
that becomes operative on or before January 1, 2014, deletes or
extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.
  SEC. 4.  Section 66721.7 is added to the Education Code, to read:
   66721.7.  (a) As allowed by enrollment demand and available space,
the University of California is requested to develop transfer
admission agreement programs for students at each campus of the
California Community Colleges who demonstrate the intent to meet
academic requirements for transfer, including declaration of a major
and identification of a choice of a destination campus. The transfer
admission agreement shall guarantee admission to the campus and major
identified in the agreement and transfer of all units specified in
the agreement, subject to the student's successful completion of the
requirements of the agreement. It is the intent of the Legislature
that the transfer admission agreements entered into under this
section be made available to students early in their academic
coursework. However, this section shall not be construed to preclude
or limit the development or issuance of transfer admission agreements
for students at any appropriate time up to the point of application.

   (b) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2013.
  SEC. 5.  Section 66739.5 of the Education Code is amended to read:
   66739.5.  (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the
following:
   (1) The California Master Plan and supporting statutes place
utmost importance on the effective transfer of community college
students to the University of California (UC) and the California
State University (CSU) as a means of providing access to the
baccalaureate degree.
   (2) In 2002, CSU enrolled 55,000 transfer students from community
colleges.
   (3) Two out of three students who earn CSU baccalaureate degrees
begin in a community college.
   (4) Effective use of state and student time and resources would be
maximized by students accruing fewer unrequired units in earning
their degrees.
   (5) Additional access to community colleges and CSU will be
created by higher graduation rates and fewer nonessential units
taken.
   (6) The state budget situation makes it urgent to streamline the
path of the transfer student to the baccalaureate degree.
   (b) It is, therefore, the intent of the Legislature to ensure that
community college students who wish to earn the baccalaureate degree
at CSU are provided with a clear and effective path to this degree.
   (c) This section shall not be construed to limit in any way the
ability of students to gain admission through alternative paths to
transfer, such as the Intersegmental General Education Transfer
Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General
Education-Breadth Requirements.
   (d) On or before February 1, 2005, the Chancellor of CSU shall
establish transfer student admissions requirements that give highest
priority to transfer students who are qualified in accordance with
subdivision (f) and paragraph (3) of subdivision (g).
   (e) (1) CSU campuses admitting students qualified in accordance
with subdivision (f) and paragraph (3) of subdivision (g) will make
it possible for these students to complete their baccalaureate degree
in the minimum number of remaining units required for that degree
major.
   (2) For purposes of this subdivision, the "minimum number of
remaining units" is the minimum number of units required for a degree
major after subtracting the number of fully degree-transferable
units earned at the community college.
   (f) The Chancellor of CSU, in consultation with the Academic
Senate of CSU, shall establish the following components necessary for
a clear degree path for transfer students:
   (1) On or before June 1, 2005, the Chancellor of CSU, in
consultation with the Academic Senate of CSU and with the faculty
responsible for each high-demand baccalaureate degree major program,
shall specify for each high-demand baccalaureate program major a
systemwide lower division transfer curriculum composed of at least 45
semester course units, or the quarter-unit equivalent, that will be
common across all CSU campuses offering specific major programs.
   (2) (A) The systemwide lower division transfer curriculum for each
high-demand baccalaureate degree major program shall be composed of
at least 45 semester units, or the quarter-unit equivalent, and shall
include all of the following:
   (i) General education courses.
   (ii) Any other lower division courses required for graduation.
   (iii) Lower division components of the student's declared major.
   (iv) Elective units, as appropriate.
   (B) The coursework described in subparagraph (A) shall be
designated by the CSU faculty responsible for the student's major
degree program.
   (3) The systemwide lower division transfer curriculum shall be
specified in sufficient manner and detail so that existing and future
community college lower division courses may be articulated,
according to the usual procedures, to the corresponding CSU courses
or course descriptions.
   (g) (1) On or before June 1, 2006, the Chancellor of CSU and the
Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, in consultation with
the Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges, shall
articulate those lower division, baccalaureate-level courses at each
campus of the California Community Colleges that meet for each degree
major the systemwide lower division transfer curriculum requirements
specified in paragraph (1) of subdivision (f).
   (2) To the extent that the goals of efficiency and urgency are
advanced, existing articulation procedures such as the California
Articulation Number (CAN) program shall be employed.
   (3) On or before June 1, 2006, each CSU campus shall have
identified any additional specific, nonelective course requirements
beyond the systemwide lower division transfer curriculum requirements
for each major, up to a maximum of 60 semester units or the
quarter-unit equivalent, for the systemwide and campus-specific
requirements combined. To the extent these additional course
requirements are identified, each CSU campus shall provide that
information to all community colleges.
   (4) The Chancellor of CSU shall amend CSU's transfer admissions
procedures to encourage prospective community college transfer
students to identify and, to the extent possible, commit to, a
specific CSU transfer destination campus before earning more than 45
semester units, or the quarter-unit equivalent, of lower division,
baccalaureate-level courses, as described in subdivision (f).
   (h) As allowed by enrollment demand and available space, each CSU
campus shall develop a transfer admission agreement with each student
who intends to meet the requirements of this section, including the
declaration of a major and identification of a choice of a
destination campus, before earning more than 45 systemwide semester
units, or the quarter-unit equivalent. The transfer admission
agreement shall guarantee admission to the campus and major
identified in that agreement and transfer of all 60 semester units,
or the quarter-unit equivalent, as creditable to the baccalaureate
degree, subject to the student's meeting the following conditions:
   (1) Completion of the 60 semester units of college-level
coursework, or the quarter-unit equivalent, specified for the student'
s major degree program.
   (2) Declaration of a major.
   (3) Satisfactory completion of the systemwide lower division
transfer curriculum requirements for the student's declared major.
   (4) Satisfactory completion of any requirements beyond the
systemwide lower division transfer curriculum that are specified by
the CSU destination campus.
   (5) Any impaction criteria for that campus or major.
   (i) A CSU campus shall guarantee that the transfer students
admitted under this section will be able to complete the
baccalaureate degree in the minimum number of course units required
for that degree.
   (j) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2013, and, as
of January 1, 2014, is repealed, unless a later enacted statute,
that becomes operative on or before January 1, 2014, deletes or
extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.
  SEC. 6.  Section 66739.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:
   66739.5.  (a) As allowed by enrollment demand and available space,
each campus of the California State University shall develop a
transfer admission agreement with each California community college
student who demonstrates the intent to meet academic requirements for
transfer, including declaration of a major and identification of a
choice of a destination campus, before earning more than 45
systemwide semester units, or the quarter-unit equivalent, as
creditable to the baccalaureate degree. The transfer admission
agreement shall guarantee admission to the campus and major
identified in the agreement and transfer of all units specified in
the agreement, subject to the student's successful completion of the
requirements of the agreement.
   (b) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2013.
  SEC. 7.  Section 66740 of the Education Code is repealed.
  SEC. 8.  Section 66741 of the Education Code is repealed.
  SEC. 9.  Section 66742 of the Education Code is repealed.
  SEC. 10.  Article 3 (commencing with Section 66745) is added to
Chapter 9.2 of Part 40 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education
Code, to read:

      Article 3.  Transfer Degree Program


   66745.  (a) Prior to the commencement of the fall term of the
2012-13 academic year, the Board of Governors of the California
Community Colleges, jointly with the California State University and
the University of California, shall develop and implement a transfer
degree program in accordance with this article.
   (b) (1) The transfer degree shall be granted by each California
community college commencing with the fall term of the 2012-13
academic year.
   (2) A community college student who commences enrollment in a
California community college prior to the fall term of the 2012-13
academic year may elect to prepare for transfer in compliance with
the transfer degree requirements developed pursuant to this article
 ,  and shall be eligible for a transfer degree and the
rights conferred upon transfer degree holders pursuant to this
article.
   (c) In developing the transfer degree pursuant to this section,
the Board of Governors shall ensure that the requirements for the
degree provide sufficient unit capacity to allow a student a choice
of electives and allow a student to fulfill local community college
degree requirements.
   66746.  (a) A transfer degree shall constitute a recognized
educational credential awarded by a community college, equivalent to
satisfactory completion of the requirements of a postsecondary
educational program at the associate degree level.
   (b) (1) The community college shall grant a transfer degree to a
student who completes the common core curriculum in general education
courses and major preparation curriculum requirements for his or her
major, developed pursuant to Section 66720. The transfer degree
shall guarantee a student, if he or she is admitted to a campus of
the California State University or the University of California,
upper division status upon enrollment in the major for which the
student completes the applicable lower division curriculum.
   (2) If a student completes a transfer degree, but applies for
admission to a campus of the California State University or the
University of California without declaring a major, or applies for
admission to a major program in a major other than the major for
which the student completed the lower division major preparation
curriculum, the institution may admit the student at the upper
division level  ,  and may require the student to complete
lower division major preparation requirements specified by the
institution.
   (c) Subject to a competitive application process, the California
State University shall, and the University of California is requested
to, guarantee admission to a campus of their respective segments to
each student who earns a transfer degree pursuant to this article and
completes the applicable lower division major preparation
curriculum, if the student meets academic standards developed and
published by the respective institution.
   (d) This section does not limit the authority of the University of
California and the California State University to impose
posttransfer academic requirements on transfer students.
   66747.  The Chancellor of the California Community Colleges and
the Chancellor of the California State University shall, and the
President of the University of California is requested to, in
consultation with the Academic Senate of each respective segment,
jointly develop and implement academic requirements for purposes of
this article.
  SEC. 11.  (a) On or before June 30, 2011, the Chancellor of the
California Community Colleges, the Chancellor of the California State
University, and the President of the University of California shall
report to the Legislature on progress toward compliance with Sections
1  and 11   to 10, inclusive,  of this
act.
   (b) (1) A report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall
be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

   (2) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this
section is repealed on June 30, 2015.
  SEC. 12.  If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this
act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local
agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant
to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of
the Government Code.