Senate BillNo. 195


Introduced by Senator Liu

February 7, 2013


An act to add Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 67050) to Part 40 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code, relating to postsecondary education.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 195, as introduced, Liu. California postsecondary education: state goals.

Existing law establishes the University of California, under the administration of the Regents of the University of California, the California State University, under the administration of the Trustees of the California State University, and the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, and independent institutions of higher education as the 4 segments of postsecondary education in this state.

Existing law states the intent of the Legislature to urge the continued development and implementation of assessment processes whereby institutions of higher education establish mechanisms, through program review and improvement, for the assessment of their performance in attempting to improve student learning and comprehension and achieving the expressed state policy goals for higher education of quality, educational equity, employee diversity, student transfer, and student retention.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature that budget and policy decisions regarding postsecondary education generally adhere to 3 specified goals and that appropriate metrics be identified, defined, and formally adopted to monitor progress toward the achievement of the goals. The bill would require the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research to convene a working group, composed of specified participants, to assist with the development of those metrics. The bill also would require the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, in consultation with the Department of Finance and the Legislative Analyst’s Office, to submit recommended metrics to specified persons and entities on or before January 31, 2014.

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.  

Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 67050)
2is added to Part 40 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code,
3to read:

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5Chapter  13. State Goals for California’s Postsecondary
6Education System
7

 

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67050.  

The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

9(a) Since the enactment of the Master Plan for Higher Education
10in 1960, California’s system of postsecondary education has
11provided access and high-quality educational opportunities that
12have fueled California’s economic growth and promoted social
13mobility.

14(b) In today’s global information economy, California’s national
15and international success as an educational and economic leader
16will require strategic investments in, and improved management
17of, state educational resources.

18(c) Several factors, including changing demographics, rising
19costs, increased competition for scarce state funding, and employer
20concerns about graduates’ skills, present new challenges to higher
21education and state policymakers in effectively meeting the
22postsecondary education needs of Californians.

23(d) Although the public segments of postsecondary education
24have each undertaken efforts to improve reporting and
25transparency, these efforts do not combine to indicate whether the
26postsecondary system as a whole is on track to meet the state’s
27needs.

P3    1(e) The absence of a common vision and goals for California’s
2postsecondary education system hinders the state’s ability to
3effectively make critical fiscal and policy decisions.

4(f) Policy and educational leaders should collectively hold
5themselves accountable for meeting the state’s civic and workforce
6needs, for ensuring the efficient and responsible management of
7public resources, and for ensuring that California residents have
8the opportunity to successfully pursue and achieve their
9postsecondary educational goals.

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67051.  

In order to promote the state’s competitive economic
11position and quality of civic life, it is necessary to increase the
12level of educational attainment of California’s adult population to
13meet the state’s civic and workforce needs. To achieve that
14objective, it is the intent of the Legislature that budget and policy
15decisions regarding postsecondary education generally adhere to
16all of the following goals:

17(a) Improve student access and success, which shall include,
18but not be limited to, all of the following goals: greater participation
19by demographic groups that have historically participated at lower
20rates, greater completion rates by all students, and improved
21outcomes for graduates.

22(b) Better align degrees and credentials with the state’s
23economic, workforce, and civic needs.

24(c) Ensure the effective and efficient use of resources in order
25to increase high-quality postsecondary educational outcomes and
26maintain affordability.

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67052.  

(a) It is the intent of the Legislature that appropriate
28metrics be identified, defined, and formally adopted to monitor
29progress toward the achievement of the goals specified in Section
3067051. It is further the intent of the Legislature that all of the
31following occur:

32(1) The metrics take into account the distinct missions of the
33different segments of postsecondary education.

34(2) At least six, and no more than 12, metrics be developed that
35can be derived from publicly available data sources for purposes
36of periodically assessing the state’s progress toward meeting each
37of the goals specified in Section 67051.

38(3) The metrics be disaggregated and reported by gender, race
39or ethnicity, income, age group, and full-time or part-time
40enrollment status, where appropriate and applicable.

P4    1(4) The metrics be utilized for purposes of the requirements of
2subdivision (a) of Section 69433.2.

3(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to promote progress on the
4statewide educational and economic policy goals specified in
5Section 67051 through budget and policy decisions regarding
6postsecondary education. It is the intent of the Legislature that the
7metrics be used to ensure the effective and efficient use of state
8resources available to postsecondary education.

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67053.  

(a) The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
10shall convene a working group to assist with the development the
11metrics specified in Section 67052. Participants in the working
12group shall include all of the following:

13(1) (A) One representative from each of the postsecondary
14education segments, as defined in Section 67054, and a
15representative of the State Department of Education.

16(B) The representative of the independent institutions of higher
17education shall be from the official organization representing the
18largest number of independent institutions of higher education in
19the state. The representative of the private postsecondary
20educational institutions shall be the Chief of the Bureau for Private
21Postsecondary Education, or the chief’s designee.

22(2) One representative of the Department of Finance.

23(3) At least one member, but no more than three members, with
24expertise in similar state accountability efforts, who is not a regular
25employee of a postsecondary education segment.

26(4) A representative of the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

27(b) The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research may
28request technical input from any agency that maintains data that
29would be helpful in developing the metrics and assessing progress
30toward achieving the goals specified in Section 67051.

31(c) The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, in
32 consultation with the Department of Finance and the Legislative
33Analyst’s Office, shall submit recommended metrics developed
34pursuant to subdivision (a) to the appropriate policy committees
35of the Legislature, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, and
36the Governor on or before January 31, 2014.

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67054.  

For the purposes of this chapter, “segments of
38postsecondary education” means the California Community
39Colleges, the California State University, the University of
40California, independent institutions of higher education, as defined
P5    1in Section 66010, and private postsecondary educational
2institutions, as defined in Section 94858.



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