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          Date of Hearing:   April 1, 2014

                       ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION
                                 Das Williams, Chair
              AB 2736 (Committee on Higher Education) - As Introduced:   
                                  February 26, 2014
           
          SUBJECT  :   Postsecondary education: California State University.

           SUMMARY  :   Would provide for technical changes to existing  
          California State University (CSU) reporting requirements.   
          Specifically,  this bill  :  

          1)Requires the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) to report to  
            the Legislature regarding the CSU Early Start Program by July  
            1, rather than January 1, of each even-numbered year.

          2)Provides for technical changes to the CSU Doctor of Nursing  
            Practice (DNP) degree pilot program reporting, and provides  
            for repeal of the reporting requirements on January 1, 2021.

          3)Extends the date by which CSU Trustees are required to report  
            gifts to the Legislature and the Department of Finance from  
            January 5 to January 31 of each year. 

           EXISTING LAW  establishes the CSU and confers upon the CSU  
          Trustees the powers, duties, and functions with respect to the  
          management, administration, and control of the CSU system.  

           FISCAL EFFECT :   Unknown

           COMMENTS  :   This bill provides for three changes to CSU  
          reporting requirements.

           Early Start Program  .  To address concerns regarding the large  
 
          number of incoming freshmen at the CSU requiring remediation,  
 
          Executive Order 1048 was issued in 2010, creating the Early  
 
          Start Program.  Entering freshmen not proficient in math or "at  
 
          risk" in English are required to start the remediation process  
 
          before their first term at CSU.  Students are given a menu of  








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          options to determine the best approach to start their remedial  
 
          instruction, including senior year high school courses, courses  
 
          offered in the summer at any one of their local California  
 
          Community College (CCC) or CSU campuses and online courses, to  
 
          name a few.  Legislation enacted in 2012 (AB 2497, Solorio),  
 
          required the CSU to work with the LAO on an ongoing series of  
 
          reports showing the impact of CSU's Early Start Program on  
 
          students needing remediation. Currently, the law requires a  
 
          report be submitted on January 1, 2014 and then subsequently  
 
          every two years after that. This bill will move the reporting  
 
          deadline to July 1, beginning in 2016, to ensure LAO can include  
 
          information on the most recent program data in the report.  It  
 
          should be noted that in January 2014, the LAO recommended  
 
          eliminating the remaining Early Start reporting requirements.  



           Doctor of Nursing Practice  .  CSU was provided authority to  
 
          establish a DNP degree pilot program at three campuses in 2010  
 
          (AB 867).  A report is required in collaboration with LAO and  
 
          the Department Of Finance, due January 1, 2017.  Compromise on  
 
          the bill came together in the final hours of session and the  
 
          reporting language was essentially taken from prior legislation  
 
          dealing with the EdD degree.  As a result, some of the language  
 








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          in the DNP report is unrelated to the pilot program.  This bill  
 
          modifies the reporting language to look at the appropriate  
 
          policy issues for the DNP and establishes a sunset date for the  
 
          reporting requirements of January 1, 2021.


           Trustee Gift Reporting  .  Currently CSU Trustees are required to  
 
          report to the Legislature and the Department of Finance annually  
 
          on January 5. The CSU has been consistently late in reporting  
 
          this information due to the Trustees approval being required  
 
          prior to the release of the report. The Trustees meeting  
 
          schedule does not permit the report to be released by the  
 
          January 5th deadline.  This bill would move the due date for  
 
          this report to the end of January (25 day difference) to ensure  
 
          the CSU submits the report on time. 


           REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION  :   

           Support 
           
          California State University

           Opposition 
           
          None on file.

           
          Analysis Prepared by  :    Laura Metune / HIGHER ED. / (916)  
          319-3960 












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