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
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campus to inform students who may enroll in an online course pursuant to this authority of certain information related to the online course. 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.
This bill would require the trustees to establish a series of uniform definitions for online education for CSU on or before January 1, 2015, as specified. The bill would require the trustees to report performance data about online education to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2017, and every 2 years until 2021, and would, on or before January 1, 2017, require the trustees to report the performance data to the Legislative Analyst. The bill would, on or before October 1, 2017, require the Legislative Analyst to submit to the Legislature a status update regarding CSU’s implementation of the provisions of this bill and an assessment of the extent to which CSU’s online programs are operating in a manner consistent with legislative intent and statutory requirements.
This bill would require the trustees to report to the Legislature, on or before January 1, 2015, on the feasibility of developing an accelerated bachelor’s degree completion program consisting of online courses aimed at students who started college but never obtained a degree.
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
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10 system coordinate their online course offerings in order to provide
11students improved access to coursework and the opportunity to
12accelerate their degree completion.
13(c) To foster greater coordination among all segments of higher
14education in the state, in order to improve student outcomes.
15(d) That, in addition to
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16the segments of higher education shall take all steps possible to
17improve coordination within their respective segments.
18(e) That the segments of higher education
19available resources to accomplish the above-stated goals.
20(f) That the segments of higher education appropriately use
21existing online education resources to accomplish the above-stated
Chapter 9.6 (commencing with Section 66760) is added
24to Part 40 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:
For the purposes of this chapter, the following
31(a) “Chancellor” means the Chancellor of the California State
33(b) “CSU” means the California State University.
34(c) “Home campus” means the California State University
35campus at which the student
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P4 1(d) “Host campus” means the
campus to which the student seeks
By the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year, a
4California resident enrolled at a CSU campus who meets the
5requirements of subdivision (a) of Section 66761 may enroll,
6without formal admission, and without payment of additional
7tuition or fees, except as provided in Section 66761.5, in a course
8provided entirely online by another campus
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10international CSU students who meet these conditions may also
11enroll in an online course provided by another CSU campus, but
12shall pay the per unit fees for this course at the host campus.
(a) A student is qualified to participate in the program
14established by this chapter if he or she is enrolled at a CSU campus
15and meets the following requirements:
16(1) The student has attained a grade point average of 2.0 on a
174-point scale for work completed.
18(2) The student has paid appropriate tuition or fees, or both,
19required by the home campus for full-time enrollment for the
20academic term in which the student seeks to cross-enroll.
21(3) The student has no outstanding tuition or fees to be paid at
22the home campus.
23(b) Each CSU campus shall inform students who may enroll in
24an online course pursuant to this chapter of all of the following:
25(1) The technical requirements a student must satisfy in order
26to successfully participate in, and complete, the online course.
27(2) Any prerequisite courses or other academic preparation
28deemed necessary for the online course.
29(3) Any materials, skills, knowledge, or other elements necessary
30to ensure a student’s opportunity to succeed in the online course.
The host campus may charge participating students
32a reasonable administration fee and specific course-based fees, not
33to exceed an amount sufficient for the campus to recover reasonable
34administrative costs it incurs pursuant to this chapter.
The chancellor’s office shall establish a convenient
36online methodology so that students meeting the requirements of
37subdivision (a) of Section 66761 may do both of the following:
38(a) Be informed of the opportunity to access courses provided
39entirely online by another
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P5 1(b) Simultaneously enroll in courses at their home campus and
2enroll in courses provided entirely online at another
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A matriculated CSU student shall have priority access
6to online courses provided at his or her home campus. A CSU
7student who meets the requirements of subdivision (a) of Section
866761, and seeks to enroll in courses provided entirely online by
9another CSU campus, shall be able to enroll, provided that
10cross-enrollment students generally have an opportunity to enroll
11in these online courses at any time after the priority enrollment
12period for continuing students as determined by each host campus.
13The host campus enrollment policy shall, to the extent possible,
14encourage cross-enrollment as provided for in this chapter.
A course provided entirely online pursuant to this
16chapter shall be accepted for credit at the student’s home campus
17on the same basis as it would be for a student matriculated at the
The enrollment of a student at a host campus pursuant
20to this chapter may be counted in the calculation of headcount or
21full-time equivalent student enrollment at the host campus. The
22home campus and the host campus at which the student is
23cross-enrolled may count in the calculation of headcount or
24full-time equivalent student enrollment only those units for which
25the student is enrolled at each respective campus.
On or before January 1, 2015, the trustees shall establish
27both of the following:
28(a) An easily accessible online database of online courses
29available at all CSU campuses. This database shall provide CSU
30students with a streamlined process within the CSU system to
31allow students to find and enroll in courses that will earn them
32credit toward graduation, general education, and major
34(b) Plans for an intrasystem cross-enrollment process to expedite
35student learning that will be operational at the beginning of the
362015-16 academic year.
Article 3.5 (commencing with Section 89225) is added
38to Chapter 2 of Part 55 of Division 8 of Title 3 of the Education
39Code, to read:
On or before January 1, 2015, for
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4measuring the effectiveness of online education, the trustees shall
5establish a series of uniform definitions for online education. The
6definitions developed by the trustees under this section shall, at a
7minimum, include a systemwide definition for an online course
8where the course can be entirely completed remotely.
(a) On or before January 1, 2017, and on or before
10January 1 every two years thereafter, the trustees shall report to
11the Legislature key performance data on online courses as defined
12in Section 89225, including, but not necessarily limited to, all of
14(1) The number of students enrolled at each campus.
15(2) Course completion rates for courses other than online
17(3) Completion rates for degree programs that include no online
19(4) Grade point average for students enrolled in online courses.
20(5) The number of students cross-enrolled in online courses at
21a California State University campus other than the campus at
22which they are matriculated.
23(6) Course completion rates for students enrolled in online
25(7) Completion rates for degree programs that include online
27(b) (1) On or before January 1, 2017, the trustees shall report
28to the Legislative Analyst the key performance data described in
30(2) On or before October 1, 2017, the Legislative Analyst shall
31submit a status update regarding the California
32State University’s implementation of the provisions of the bill that
33added this section and an assessment of the extent to which the
34online programs of the California State University are operating
35in a manner consistent with legislative intent and statutory
37(c) Student enrollment and completion rate data included in a
38report to be submitted pursuant to this section shall be made
39available by demographics, including age, gender, and ethnicity.
P7 1(d) (1) The requirement for submitting a report imposed under
2subdivision (a) is inoperative on July 1, 2021, pursuant to Section
310231.5 of the Government Code.
4(2) The report prepared pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be
5submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government
On or before January 1, 2015, the Trustees of the
8California State University shall report to the Legislature on the
9feasibility of developing an accelerated bachelor’s degree
10completion program consisting of online courses aimed at students
11who started college but never obtained a degree. The report
12prepared pursuant to this section shall be submitted in compliance
13with Section 9795 of the Government Code.