AB 386, as amended, Levine. Public postsecondary education: cross-enrollment: online education at the California State University.
Existing law establishes the California State University, under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University, the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, and the University of California, under the administration of the Regents of the University of California, as the 3 segments of public postsecondary education in this state. Existing law authorizes any student enrolled in any campus of any of these 3 respective segments who meets prescribed requirements to enroll without formal admission or payment of additional fees, except as provided, in a maximum of one course per academic term at a campus of either of the other segments on a space-available basis at the discretion of the appropriate campus authorities on both campuses.
This bill would express legislative intent that, by the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year, students enrolled at a California State University (CSU) campus be provided an opportunity to enroll in online courses available at other CSU campuses. The bill would authorize any student enrolled at a campus of the California State University who meets specified requirements to enroll, without formal admission, and without payment of additional tuition or fees, except as provided, in a course provided entirely online, as defined, by another campus of the California State University on a space-available basis. The bill would require the trustees, on or before January 1, 2015, to establish an easily accessible online database of online courses available at all CSU campuses to provide CSU students with a streamlined process within the CSU system to allow them to find and enroll in courses that will earn them credit toward graduation, general education, and major requirements.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
It is the intent of the Legislature:
2(a) That, by the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year,
3students enrolled at a California State University (CSU) campus
4shall be provided the opportunity to enroll in online courses
5available at other CSU campuses. Students enrolling in online
6courses at a campus other than their home campus shall be provided
7a streamlined process of transferring units for credit at the home
9(b) That the 23 campuses of the California State University
10system coordinate their online course offerings in order to provide
P3 1students improved access to coursework and the opportunity to
2accelerate their degree completion.
3(c) To foster greater coordination among all segments of higher
4education in the state, in order to improve student outcomes.
5(d) That, in addition to intrasystem coordination, the segments
6of higher education shall take all steps possible to improve
7coordination within their respective segments.
8(e) That the segments of higher education appropriately allocate
9available resources to accomplish the above-stated goals.
10(f) That the segments of higher education appropriately use
11existing online education resources to accomplish the above-stated
Chapter 9.6 (commencing with Section 66760) is added
14to Part 40 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:
For the purposes of this chapter, the following
21(a) “Chancellor” means the Chancellor of the California State
23(b) “CSU” means the California State University.
24(c) “Home campus” means the California State University
25campus at which the student is matriculated.
26(d) “Host campus” means the campus to which the student seeks
By the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year, a
29California resident enrolled at a CSU campus who meets the
30requirements of Section 66761 may enroll, without formal
31admission, and without payment of additional tuition or fees, except
32as provided in Section 66761.5, in a course provided entirely online
33by another campus of the California State University on a
34space-available basis. Nonresident and international CSU students
35who meet these conditions may also enroll in an online course
36provided by another CSU campus, but shall pay the per unit fees
37for this course at the host campus.
A student is qualified to participate in the program
39established by this chapter if he or she is enrolled at a CSU campus
40and meets the following requirements:
P4 1(a) The student has attained a grade point average of 2.0 on a
24-point scale for work completed.
3(b) The student has paid appropriate tuition or fees, or both,
4required by the home campus for full-time enrollment for the
5academic term in which the student seeks to cross-enroll.
6(c) The student has no outstanding tuition or fees to be paid at
7the home campus.
The host campus may charge participating students
9a reasonable administration fee and specific course-based fees, not
10to exceed an amount sufficient for the campus to recover reasonable
11administrative costs it incurs pursuant to this chapter.
The chancellor’s office shall establish a convenient
13online methodology so that students meeting the requirements of
14Section 66761 may do both of the following:
15(a) Be informed of the opportunity to access courses provided
16entirely online by another campus of the California State
18(b) Simultaneously enroll in courses at their home campus and
19enroll in courses provided entirely online at another campus of the
20California State University, as provided for in Section 66762.5.
A matriculated CSU student shall have priority access
22to online courses provided at his or her home campus. A CSU
23student who meets the requirements of Section 66761, and seeks
24to enroll in courses provided entirely online by another CSU
25campus, shall be able to enroll, provided that cross-enrollment
26students generally have an opportunity to enroll in these online
27courses at any time after the priority enrollment period for
28continuing students as determined by each host campus. The host
29campus enrollment policy shall, to the extent possible, encourage
30cross-enrollment as provided for in this chapter.
A course provided entirely online pursuant to this
32chapter shall be accepted for credit at the student’s home campus
33on the same basis as it would be for a student matriculated at the
The enrollment of a student at a host campus pursuant
36to this chapter may be counted in the calculation of headcount or
37full-time equivalent student enrollment at the host campus. The
38home campus and the host campus at which the student is
39cross-enrolled may count in the calculation of headcount or
P5 1full-time equivalent student enrollment only those units for which
2the student is enrolled at each respective campus.
On or before January 1, 2015, the trustees shall establish
4both of the following:
5(a) An easily accessible online database of online courses
6available at all CSU campuses. This database shall provide CSU
7students with a streamlined process within the CSU system to
8allow students to find and enroll in courses that will earn them
9 credit toward graduation, general education, and major
11(b) Plans for an intrasystem cross-enrollment process to expedite
12student learning that will be operational at the beginning of the
132015-16 academic year.