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          AB 2736 (Higher Education Committee)
          As Amended  June 26, 2014
          Majority vote
          |ASSEMBLY:  |78-0 |(April 28,      |SENATE: |36-0 |(August 18,    |
          |           |     |2014)           |        |     |2014)          |
           Original Committee Reference:    HIGHER ED.  

           SUMMARY :  Authorizes the California State University (CSU) Board  
          of Trustees (Trustees) to establish a voluntary fee to fund the  
          statewide student organization and would provide for  
          noncontroversial changes to existing CSU reporting requirements.  
          The Senate amendments  authorize the CSU Trustees to establish a  
          fee for voluntary membership in the statewide student  
          organization and require the CSU Trustees to provide students  
          the ability to affirmatively elect to pay the fee, or a clear  
          and unambiguous means to decline payment of the fee, each time  
          the fee is assessed.   

          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  :  According to the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee, pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8, negligible state costs.

           COMMENTS  :  This bill provides for four changes to statutes  
          governing CSU.

          Student organization fee.  Currently, the California State  
          Student Association (CSSA) is dependent on a voluntary portion  
          of membership fees collected by the 23 local student  
          associations, which has been augmented in recent years by an  
          annual allocation of the Chancellor's Office.  In March 2014,  
          CSSA requested the establishment of a system-wide voluntary fee  
          to fund their programs and activities.  A voluntary student fee  
          would create a long-term, stable revenue stream to fully  
          implement student participation, enable the CSSA to establish a  
          higher degree of financial independence from the CSU system and  


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          allow students the individual choice to contribute financially  
          to statewide student representation.  Current law grants the CSU  
          Trustees the authority to establish a voluntary membership at a  
          state university, but there is a need to clarify the Trustees'  
          authority to establish a voluntary fee at the system-wide level,  
          before they can act on the CSSA request.  The new fee authorized  
          in this bill would operate differently from the current fee for  
          campus organizations. For the statewide student organization the  
          Trustees would be authorized to fix a voluntary membership fee  
          for the statewide student organization and a student would have  
          the ability to affirmatively elect to pay the fee, or a clear  
          and unambiguous means to decline payment of the fee, each time  
          the fee is assessed. 

          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  
          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),  
          Chapter 430), required the CSU to work with the Legislative  
          Analyst's Office (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  


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          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 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree pilot  
          program at three campuses in 2010 (AB 867 (Nava), Chapter 416).   
          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 Doctor of Education degree.  As a result, some  
          of the language 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  


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          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. 

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

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