Amended in Senate April 24, 2013

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 amended, 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 formallybegin delete adoptedend deletebegin insert adopted, based upon recommendations provided by a working group,end insert to monitor progress toward the achievement of the goals. The bill would requirebegin delete the Governor’s Office of Planning and Researchend deletebegin insert an appropriate educational administrative body, as determined by the Governor,end insert to convene a working group, composed of specified participants, to assist with the development of those metrics. The bill also would require thebegin delete Governor’s Office of Planning and Researchend deletebegin insert administrative bodyend insert, 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:

4 

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

 

8

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
P3    1postsecondary system as a whole is on track to meet the state’s
2needs.

3(e) The absence of a common vision and goals for California’s
4postsecondary education system hinders the state’s ability to
5effectively make critical fiscal and policy decisions.

6(f) Policy and educational leaders should collectively hold
7themselves accountable for meeting the state’s civic and workforce
8needs, for ensuring the efficient and responsible management of
9public resources, and for ensuring that California residents have
10the opportunity to successfully pursue and achieve their
11postsecondary educational goals.

12

67051.  

In order to promote the state’s competitive economic
13position and quality of civic life, it is necessary to increase the
14level of educational attainment of California’s adult population to
15meet the state’s civic and workforce needs. To achieve that
16objective, it is the intent of the Legislature that budget and policy
17decisions regarding postsecondary education generally adhere to
18all of the following goals:

19(a) Improve student access and success, which shall include,
20but not be limited to, all of the following goals: greater participation
21by demographic groups that have historically participated at lower
22rates, greater completion rates by all students, and improved
23outcomes for graduates.

24(b) Better align degrees and credentials with the state’s
25economic, workforce, and civic needs.

26(c) Ensure the effective and efficient use of resources in order
27to increase high-quality postsecondary educational outcomes and
28maintain affordability.

29

67052.  

(a) It is the intent of the Legislature that appropriate
30metrics be identified, defined, and formallybegin delete adopted to monitorend delete
31begin insert adopted, based upon the recommendations provided by the working
32group established pursuant to Section 67053, for the purpose of
33monitoring end insert
progress toward the achievement of the goals specified
34in Section 67051. It is further the intent of the Legislature that all
35of the following occur:

36(1) The metrics take into account the distinct missions of the
37different segments of postsecondary education.

38(2) At least six, and no more than 12, metrics be developed that
39can be derived from publicly available data sources for purposes
P4    1of periodically assessing the state’s progress toward meeting each
2of the goals specified in Section 67051.

3(3) The metrics be disaggregated and reported by gender, race
4or ethnicity, income, age group, and full-time or part-time
5enrollment status, where appropriate and applicable.

6(4) The metrics bebegin delete utilizedend deletebegin insert usedend insert for purposes of the requirements
7of subdivision (a) of Section 69433.2.

8(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to promote progress on the
9statewide educational and economic policy goals specified in
10Section 67051 through budget and policy decisions regarding
11postsecondary education. It is the intent of the Legislature that the
12metrics be used to ensure the effective and efficient use of state
13resources available to postsecondary education.

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67053.  

(a) begin deleteThe Governor’s Office of Planning and Research end delete
15begin insertAn appropriate educational administrative body, as determined
16by the Governor, end insert
shall convene a working group to assist with the
17developmentbegin insert ofend insert the metrics specified in Section 67052. Participants
18in the working group shall include all of the following:

19(1) (A) One representative from each of the postsecondary
20education segments, as defined in Section 67054, and a
21representative of the State Department of Education.

22(B) The representative of the independent institutions of higher
23education shall be from the official organization representing the
24largest number of independent institutions of higher education in
25the state. The representative of the private postsecondary
26educational institutions shall be the Chief of the Bureau for Private
27Postsecondary Education, or the chief’s designee.

28(2) One representative of the Department of Finance.

29(3) At least one member, but no more than three members, with
30expertise in similar state accountability efforts, who is not a regular
31employee of a postsecondary education segment.

32(4) A representative of the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

33(b) Thebegin delete Governor’s Office of Planning and Researchend deletebegin insert appropriate
34educational administrative body, as determined by the Governor
35pursuant to subdivision (a),end insert
may request technical input from any
36agency that maintains data that would be helpful in developing the
37metrics and assessing progress toward achieving the goals specified
38in Section 67051.

39(c) Thebegin delete Governor’s Office of Planning and Research,end delete
40begin insert appropriate educational administrative body, as determined by
P5    1the Governor pursuant to subdivision (a),end insert
in consultation with the
2Department of Finance and the Legislative Analyst’s Office, shall
3submit recommended metrics developed pursuant to subdivision
4(a) to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature, the
5Joint Legislative Budget Committee, and the Governor on or before
6January 31, 2014.

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67054.  

For the purposes of this chapter, “segments of
8postsecondary education” means the California Community
9Colleges, the California State University, the University of
10California, independent institutions of higher education, as defined
11in Section 66010, and private postsecondary educational
12institutions, as defined in Section 94858.



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