BILL NUMBER: AB 386	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	CHAPTER  363
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE  SEPTEMBER 26, 2013
	APPROVED BY GOVERNOR  SEPTEMBER 26, 2013
	PASSED THE SENATE  SEPTEMBER 9, 2013
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
	AMENDED IN SENATE  SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
	AMENDED IN SENATE  JULY 10, 2013
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  MAY 28, 2013
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 30, 2013
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 15, 2013

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Levine

                        FEBRUARY 15, 2013

   An act to add Article 3.5 (commencing with Section 89225) to
Chapter 2 of Part 55 of Division 8 of, and to add Chapter 9.6
(commencing with Section 66760) to Part 40 of Division 5 of, Title 3
of the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary education.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 386, 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 CSU campus 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 CSU campus on a
space-available basis. The bill would require each CSU 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.
   This bill would require the California State University to use
specified moneys appropriated in the Budget Act of 2013 for one-time
startup costs related to the provisions of this bill.


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

  SECTION 1.  It is the intent of the Legislature:
   (a) That, by the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year, students
enrolled at a California State University (CSU) campus shall be
provided the opportunity to enroll in online courses available at
other CSU campuses. Students enrolling in online courses at a campus
other than their home campus shall be provided a streamlined process
of transferring units for credit at the home campus.
   (b) That the 23 campuses of the CSU system coordinate their online
course offerings in order to provide students improved access to
coursework and the opportunity to accelerate their degree completion.

   (c) To foster greater coordination among all segments of higher
education in the state, in order to improve student outcomes.
   (d) That, in addition to intersystem coordination, the segments of
higher education shall take all steps possible to improve
coordination within their respective segments.
   (e) That the segments of higher education appropriately allocate
available resources to accomplish the above-stated goals.
   (f) That the segments of higher education appropriately use
existing online education resources to accomplish the above-stated
goals.
  SEC. 2.  Chapter 9.6 (commencing with Section 66760) is added to
Part 40 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:
      CHAPTER 9.6.  CROSS-ENROLLMENT IN ONLINE EDUCATION AT
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY


   66760.  For the purposes of this chapter, the following
definitions apply:
   (a) "Chancellor" means the Chancellor of the California State
University.
   (b) "CSU" means the California State University.
   (c) "Home campus" means the California State University campus at
which the student matriculates.
   (d) "Host campus" means the campus to which the student seeks
access.
   66760.5.  By the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year, a
California resident enrolled at a CSU campus who meets the
requirements of subdivision (a) of Section 66761 may enroll, without
formal admission, and without payment of additional tuition or fees,
except as provided in Section 66761.5, in a course provided entirely
online by another CSU campus on a space-available basis. Nonresident
and international CSU students who meet these conditions may also
enroll in an online course provided by another CSU campus, but shall
pay the per unit fees for this course at the host campus.
   66761.  (a) A student is qualified to participate in the program
established by this chapter if he or she is enrolled at a CSU campus
and meets the following requirements:
   (1) The student has attained a grade point average of 2.0 on a
4-point scale for work completed.
   (2) The student has paid appropriate tuition or fees, or both,
required by the home campus for full-time enrollment for the academic
term in which the student seeks to cross-enroll.
   (3) The student has no outstanding tuition or fees to be paid at
the home campus.
   (b) Each CSU campus shall inform students who may enroll in an
online course pursuant to this chapter of all of the following:
   (1) The technical requirements a student must satisfy in order to
successfully participate in, and complete, the online course.
   (2) Any prerequisite courses or other academic preparation deemed
necessary for the online course.
   (3) Any materials, skills, knowledge, or other elements necessary
to ensure a student's opportunity to succeed in the online course.
   66761.5.  The host campus may charge participating students a
reasonable administration fee and specific course-based fees, not to
exceed an amount sufficient for the campus to recover reasonable
administrative costs it incurs pursuant to this chapter.
   66762.  The chancellor's office shall establish a convenient
online methodology so that students meeting the requirements of
subdivision (a) of Section 66761 may do both of the following:
   (a) Be informed of the opportunity to access courses provided
entirely online by another CSU campus.
   (b) Simultaneously enroll in courses at their home campus and
enroll in courses provided entirely online at another CSU campus, as
provided for in Section 66762.5.
   66762.5.  A matriculated CSU student shall have priority access to
online courses provided at his or her home campus. A CSU student who
meets the requirements of subdivision (a) of Section 66761, and
seeks to enroll in courses provided entirely online by another CSU
campus, shall be able to enroll, provided that cross-enrollment
students generally have an opportunity to enroll in these online
courses at any time after the priority enrollment period for
continuing students, as determined by each host campus. The host
campus enrollment policy shall, to the extent possible, encourage
cross-enrollment as provided for in this chapter.
   66763.  A course provided entirely online pursuant to this chapter
shall be accepted for credit at the student's home campus on the
same basis as it would be for a student matriculated at the host
campus.
   66763.5.  The enrollment of a student at a host campus pursuant to
this chapter may be counted in the calculation of headcount or
full-time equivalent student enrollment at the host campus. The home
campus and the host campus at which the student is cross-enrolled may
count in the calculation of headcount or full-time equivalent
student enrollment only those units for which the student is enrolled
at each respective campus.
   66764.  On or before January 1, 2015, the trustees shall establish
both of the following:
   (a) An easily accessible online database of online courses
available at all CSU campuses. This database shall provide CSU
students with a streamlined process within the CSU system to allow
students to find and enroll in courses that will earn them credit
toward graduation, general education, and major requirements.
   (b) Plans for an intrasystem cross-enrollment process to expedite
student learning that will be operational at the beginning of the
2015-16 academic year.
  SEC. 3.  Article 3.5 (commencing with Section 89225) is added to
Chapter 2 of Part 55 of Division 8 of Title 3 of the Education Code,
to read:

      Article 3.5.  Online Education


   89225.  On or before January 1, 2015, for purposes of measuring
the effectiveness of online education, the trustees shall establish a
series of uniform definitions for online education. The definitions
developed by the trustees under this section shall, at a minimum,
include a systemwide definition for an online course where the course
can be entirely completed remotely.
   89226.  (a) On or before January 1, 2017, and on or before January
1 every two years thereafter, the trustees shall report to the
Legislature key performance data on online courses as defined in
Section 89225, including, but not necessarily limited to, all of the
following:
   (1) The number of students enrolled at each campus.
   (2) Course completion rates for courses other than online courses.

   (3) Completion rates for degree programs that include no online
courses.
   (4) Grade point average for students enrolled in online courses.
   (5) The number of students cross-enrolled in online courses at a
California State University campus other than the campus at which
they are matriculated.
   (6) Course completion rates for students enrolled in online
courses.
   (7) Completion rates for degree programs that include online
courses.
   (b) (1) On or before January 1, 2017, the trustees shall report to
the Legislative Analyst the key performance data described in
subdivision (a).
   (2) On or before October 1, 2017, the Legislative Analyst shall
submit a status update to the Legislature regarding the California
State University's implementation of the provisions of the bill that
added this section and an assessment of the extent to which the
online programs of the California State University are operating in a
manner consistent with legislative intent and statutory
requirements.
   (c) Student enrollment and completion rate data included in a
report to be submitted pursuant to this section shall be made
available by demographics, including age, gender, and ethnicity.
   (d) (1) The requirement for submitting a report imposed under
subdivision (a) is inoperative on July 1, 2021, pursuant to Section
10231.5 of the Government Code.
   (2) The report prepared pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be
submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
  SEC. 4.  On or before January 1, 2015, the Trustees of the
California State University shall report to the Legislature 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. The report prepared pursuant to
this section shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of
the Government Code.
  SEC. 5.  The California State University shall use moneys
appropriated in Item 6610-001-0001 of Section 2.00 of the Budget Act
of 2013 (Chapter 20 of the Statutes of 2013) for one-time startup
costs related to Sections 2 and 3 of this bill.