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          Date of Hearing:   April 9, 2014

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                  Mike Gatto, Chair

              AB 2736 (Committee on Higher Education) - As Introduced:   
                                 February 26, 2014 

          Policy Committee:                              Higher  
          EducationVote:13-0

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          No     Reimbursable:               

           SUMMARY  

          This bill makes 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 deadline, from January 5 to January 31, for the  
            CSU Trustees to submit an annual report to the Legislature and  
            the Department of Finance regarding gifts received by the  
            trustees on behalf of the university.

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          Negligible fiscal impact.

           COMMENTS  

              1)   Early Start Program  . To address concerns regarding the  
 
               large number of incoming freshmen at the CSU requiring  
 
               remediation, CSU established the Early Start Program.  
 








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               Entering freshmen not proficient in math or "at risk" in  
 
               English are required to start the remediation process prior  
 
               to their first term at CSU, either through senior year high  
 
               school courses, courses offered in the summer at any one of  
 
               their local community colleges or CSU campuses, or online  
 
               courses.  

             

             AB 2497 (Solorio)/Statutes of 2012, 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, with the first report to be issued by January 1,  
 
            2014 and every two years thereafter. This bill moves the  
 
            reporting deadline to July 1, beginning in 2016, to ensure LAO  
 
            can include information on the most recent program data in the  
 
            report.  



              2)   Doctor of Nursing Practice  .  CSU was provided authority  
 
               to establish a DNP degree pilot program at three campuses  
 
               through AB 867 (Nava)/Statutes of 2010.  A report is  
 
               required in collaboration with LAO and the Department Of  
 
               Finance, due January 1, 2017.  Some language in the DNP  
 
               report is unrelated to the pilot program. This bill  
 
               therefore modifies the reporting language to address  








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               appropriate policy issues for the DNP, and establishes a  
 
               sunset date for the reporting requirements of January 1,  
 
               2021.


           3)Trustee Gift Reporting  .  This bill would move the due date for  
            the Trustees' report on gift received for the CSU to better  
            coincide with the trustees' meeting schedule.

           4)Suggested Technical Amendment  . On page 5, lines 39 and 40,  
            because the California Postsecondary Education Commission no  
            longer exists, add "or successor agency" to provide for  
            continuity in the event the state establishes a new higher  
            education coordinating body.

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916) 319-2081