Amended in Senate May 24, 2013

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 formally adopted, based upon recommendations provided by a working group, to monitor progress toward the achievement of the goals. The bill would require an appropriate educational administrative body, as determined by the Governor, to convene a working group, composed of specified participants, to assist with the development of those metrics.begin insert The bill would require the working group to ensure that the metrics provide a means of measuring performance and improvement in specified areas.end insert The bill also would require the administrative body, 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.

P3    1(d) Although the public segments of postsecondary education
2have each undertaken efforts to improve reporting and
3transparency, these efforts do not combine to indicate whether the
4postsecondary system as a whole is on track to meet the state’s
5needs.

6(e) The absence of a common vision andbegin insert commonend insert goals for
7California’s postsecondary education system hinders the state’s
8ability to effectively make critical fiscal and policy decisions.

9(f) Policy and educational leaders should collectively hold
10themselves accountable for meeting the state’s civic and workforce
11needs, for ensuring the efficient and responsible management of
12public resources, and for ensuring that California residents have
13the opportunity to successfully pursue and achieve their
14postsecondary educational goals.

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67051.  

In order to promote the state’s competitive economic
16position and quality of civic life, it is necessary to increase the
17level of educational attainment of California’s adult population to
18meet the state’s civic and workforce needs. To achieve that
19objective, it is the intent of the Legislature that budget and policy
20decisions regarding postsecondary education generally adhere to
21all of the following goals:

22(a) Improve student access and success, which shall include,
23but notbegin insert necessarilyend insert be limited to, all of the following goals: greater
24participation by demographic groupsbegin insert, including low-income
25students,end insert
that have historically participated at lower rates, greater
26completion rates by all students, and improved outcomes for
27graduatesbegin insert, as evidenced by the increased rate and number of
28students who receive degrees, complete certificates, or transferend insert
.

29(b) Better align degrees and credentials with the state’s
30economic, workforce, and civic needs.

31(c) Ensure the effective and efficient use of resources in order
32to increase high-quality postsecondary educational outcomes and
33maintain affordabilitybegin insert, as evidenced by reduced time-to-degree,
34control of costs, and maintenance of low feesend insert
.

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67052.  

(a) It is the intent of the Legislature that appropriate
36metrics be identified, defined, and formally adopted, based upon
37the recommendations provided by the working group established
38pursuant to Section 67053, for the purpose of monitoring progress
39toward the achievement of the goals specified in Section 67051.
P4    1It is further the intent of the Legislature that all of the following
2occur:

3(1) The metrics take into account the distinct missions of the
4different segments of postsecondary education.

5(2) At least six, and no more than 12, metrics be developed that
6can be derived from publicly available data sources for purposes
7of periodically assessing the state’s progress toward meeting each
8of the goals specified in Section 67051.

9(3) The metrics be disaggregated and reported by gender, race
10or ethnicity, income, age group, and full-time or part-time
11enrollment status, where appropriate and applicable.

12(4) The metrics be used for purposes of the requirements of
13subdivision (a) of Section 69433.2.

14(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to promote progress on the
15statewide educational and economic policy goals specified in
16Section 67051 through budget and policy decisions regarding
17postsecondary education. It is the intent of the Legislature that the
18metrics be used to ensure the effective and efficient use of state
19resources available to postsecondary education.begin insert It is further the
20intent of the Legislature that progress on the adopted metrics be
21reported and considered as part of the annual State Budget
22process.end insert

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67053.  

(a) begin insert(1)end insertbegin insertend insert An appropriate educational administrative
24body, as determined by the Governor, shall convene a working
25group to assist with the development of the metrics specified in
26Section 67052. Participants in the working group shall include all
27of the following:

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28(1) 

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29(A) begin insert(i)end insertbegin insertend insertOne representative from each of the postsecondary
30education segments, as defined in Section 67054, and a
31representative of the State Department of Education.

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32(B)

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33begin insert(ii)end insert The representative of the independent institutions of higher
34education shall be from the official organization representing the
35largest number of independent institutions of higher education in
36the state. The representative of the private postsecondary
37educational institutions shall be the Chief of the Bureau for Private
38Postsecondary Education, or the chief’s designee.

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39(2)

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40begin insert(end insertbegin insertB)end insert One representative of the Department of Finance.

begin delete

P5    1(3)

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2begin insert(end insertbegin insertC)end insert At least one member, but no more than three members, with
3expertise in similar state accountability efforts, who is not a regular
4employee of a postsecondary education segment.

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5(4)

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6begin insert(end insertbegin insertD)end insert A representative of the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

begin insert

7(2) The working group shall develop and identify outcome
8metrics, progress metrics, and efficiency and effectiveness metrics.
9At a minimum, and in a manner that is consistent with the goals
10specified in Section 67051, the working group shall ensure that
11the metrics provide a means of measuring performance and
12improvement in each of the following areas:

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13(A) Graduation rates.

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14(B) Transfer rates.

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15(C) The number of graduates.

end insert
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16(D) The number of transfers.

end insert
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17(E) Degree completion of all students.

end insert
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18(F) Degree completion of low income students.

end insert
begin insert

19(G) Enrollment and success in, and beyond, remedial
20instruction.

end insert
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21(H) Retention rates.

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22(I) Course completions.

end insert
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23(J) Total funding per degree or certificate.

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24(K) Degree production relative to the state’s workforce and
25economic needs.

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26(b) The appropriate educational administrative body, as
27determined by the Governor pursuant to subdivision (a), 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 appropriate educational administrative body, as
32determined by the Governor pursuant to subdivision (a), in
33consultation with the Department of Finance and the Legislative
34Analyst’s Office, shall submit recommended metrics developed
35pursuant to subdivision (a) to the appropriate policy committees
36of the Legislature, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, and
37the Governor on or before January 31, 2014.

38

67054.  

For the purposes of this chapter, “segments of
39postsecondary education” means the California Community
40Colleges, the California State University, the University of
P6    1California, independent institutions of higher education, as defined
2in Section 66010, and private postsecondary educational
3institutions, as defined in Section 94858.



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