Amended in Assembly April 30, 2013

Amended in Assembly April 15, 2013

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 387


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 Title 3 of the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary education.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 387, as amended, Levine. Public postsecondary education: California State University: online education.

Existing law establishes the California State University, under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. Existing law specifies that 25 institutions of higher education comprise the California State University.

This bill would express the intent of the Legislature that the California State University have a uniform definition of online education for the purposes of measuring its effectiveness. The bill would require the trustees to establish a series of uniform definitions for online education 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.begin delete The bill would require, in the development of new programs of instruction at each campus of the California State University, that not less than 10% of new course offerings be online courses, as defined.end delete

This bill would require thebegin delete Trustees of the California State Universityend deletebegin insert trusteesend insert 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 onlinebegin delete courses,end deletebegin insert coursesend insert 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:

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SECTION 1.  

(a) The Legislature finds and declares that the
2expansion of online education can increase accessibility, and
3accelerate degree completion. However, the value and effectiveness
4of new online education programs should properly be measured,
5and the Legislature should be provided with data to understand
6the effectiveness of online education.

7(b) It is the intent of the Legislature that the California State
8University develop a uniform definition of online education for
9the purposes of measuring its effectiveness.

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SEC. 2.  

Article 3.5 (commencing with Section 89225) is added
11to Chapter 2 of Part 55 of Division 8 of Title 3 of the Education
12Code
, to read:

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14Article 3.5.  Online Education
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89225.  

On or before January 1, 2015, for the purposes of
17measuring the effectiveness of online education, the trustees shall
18establish a series of uniform definitions for online education. The
19 definitions developed by the trustees under this section shall, at a
20minimum, include a systemwide definition for an online course
21where the course can be entirely completed remotely.

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89226.  

(a) On or before January 1, 2017, and on or before
23January 1 every two years thereafter, the trustees shall report to
24the Legislature key performance data on online courses as defined
25in Section 89225, including, but not necessarily limited to, all of
26the following:

27(1) The number of students enrolled at each campus.

28(2)  Course completion rates for courses other than online
29courses.

P3    1(3) Completion rates for degree programs that include no online
2courses.

3(4) Grade point average for students enrolled in online courses.

4(5) The number of students cross-enrolled in online courses at
5a California State University campus other than the campus at
6which they are matriculated.

7(6) Course completion rates for students enrolled in online
8courses.

9(7) Completion rates for degree programs that include online
10courses.

11(b) Student enrollment and completion rate data included in a
12report to be submitted pursuant to thisbegin delete subdivisionend deletebegin insert sectionend insert shall
13be made available by demographics, including age, gender, and
14ethnicity.

15(c) (1) The requirement for submitting a report imposed under
16subdivision (a) is inoperative on July 1, 2021, pursuant to Section
1710231.5 of the Government Code.

18(2) The report prepared pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be
19submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government
20Code.

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89226.5.  

In the development of new programs of instruction
22at each campus of the California State University, not less than 10
23percent of new course offerings shall be online courses as defined
24in Section 89225.

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SEC. 3.  

On or before January 1, 2015, the Trustees of the
26California State University shall report to the Legislature on the
27feasibility of developing an accelerated bachelor’s degree
28completion program consisting of onlinebegin delete courses,end deletebegin insert courses end insert aimed
29at students who started college but never obtained a degree. The
30report prepared pursuant to this section shall be submitted in
31compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.



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