Amended in Assembly August 20, 2013

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 uponbegin delete recommendations providedend deletebegin insert metrics recommendedend insert by a working group, to monitor progress toward the achievement of the goals. The bill would requirebegin delete an appropriate educational administrative body, as determined byend deletebegin insert a designee ofend insert thebegin delete Governor,end deletebegin insert Governorend insert to convenebegin delete aend deletebegin insert thisend insert working group, composed of specified participants, to assist with the development of those metrics. The bill would require the working group to ensure that the metrics provide a means of measuring performance and improvement inbegin delete specifiedend delete areasbegin insert that may include, but are not necessarily limited to, areas specified in the billend insert. The bill also would require thebegin delete administrative body,end deletebegin insert designee,end 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 beforebegin delete January 31,end deletebegin insert December 1,end insert 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.

P3    1(c) Several factors, including changing demographics, rising
2costs, increased competition for scarce state funding, and employer
3concerns about graduates’ skills, present new challenges to higher
4education and state policymakers in effectively meeting the
5postsecondary education needs of Californians.

6(d) Although the public segments of postsecondary education
7have each undertaken efforts to improve reporting and
8transparency, these efforts do not combine to indicate whether the
9postsecondary system as a whole is on track to meet the state’s
10needs.

11(e) The absence of a common vision and common goals for
12California’s postsecondary education system hinders the state’s
13ability to effectively make critical fiscal and policy decisions.

14(f) Policy and educational leaders should collectively hold
15themselves accountable for meeting the state’s civic and workforce
16needs, for ensuring the efficient and responsible management of
17public resources, and for ensuring that California residents have
18the opportunity to successfully pursue and achieve their
19postsecondary educational goals.

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67051.  

In order to promote the state’s competitive economic
21position and quality of civic life, it is necessary to increase the
22level of educational attainment of California’s adult population to
23meet the state’s civic and workforce needs. To achieve that
24objective, it is the intent of the Legislature that budget and policy
25decisions regarding postsecondary education generally adhere to
26all of the following goals:

27(a) Improve student access and success, which shall include,
28but not necessarily be limited to, all of the following goals: greater
29participation by demographic groups, including low-income
30students, that have historically participated at lower rates, greater
31completion rates by all students, and improved outcomes for
32graduates, as evidenced by the increased rate and number of
33students who receive degrees, complete certificates, or transfer.

34(b) Better align degrees and credentials with the state’s
35economic, workforce, and civic needs.

36(c) Ensure the effective and efficient use of resources in order
37to increase high-quality postsecondary educational outcomes and
38maintain affordability, as evidenced by reduced time-to-degree,
39control of costs, and maintenance of low fees.

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67052.  

(a) It is the intent of the Legislature that appropriate
2metrics be identified, defined, and formally adopted, based upon
3thebegin delete recommendations providedend deletebegin insert metrics recommendedend insert by the
4working group established pursuant to Section 67053, for the
5purpose of monitoring progress toward the achievement of the
6goals specified in Section 67051. It is further the intent of the
7Legislature that all of the following occur:

8(1) The metrics take into account the distinct missions of the
9different segments of postsecondary education.

10(2) At least six, and no more than 12, metrics be developed that
11can be derived from publicly available data sources for purposes
12of periodically assessing the state’s progress toward meeting each
13of the goals specified in Section 67051.

14(3) The metrics be disaggregated and reported by gender, race
15or ethnicity, income, age group, and full-time or part-time
16enrollment status, where appropriate and applicable.

17(4) The metrics be used for purposes of the requirements of
18subdivision (a) of Section 69433.2.

begin insert

19(5) The metrics take into account the performance measures
20required to be reported pursuant to Sections 89295 and 92675.

end insert

21(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to promote progress on the
22statewide educational and economic policy goals specified in
23Section 67051 through budget and policy decisions regarding
24postsecondary education. It is the intent of the Legislature that the
25metrics be used to ensure the effective and efficient use of state
26resources available to postsecondary education. It is further the
27intent of the Legislature that progress on the adopted metrics be
28reported and considered as part of the annual State Budget process.

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67053.  

(a) (1) begin deleteAn appropriate educational administrative body,
30as determined by end delete
begin insertA designee of end insertthebegin delete Governor,end deletebegin insert Governorend insert shall
31convene a working group to assist with the development of the
32metrics specified in Section 67052. Participants in the working
33group shall include all of the following:

34(A) (i) One representative from each of the postsecondary
35education segments, as defined in Section 67054, and a
36representative of the State Department of Education.

37(ii) The representative of the independent institutions of higher
38education shall be from the official organization representing the
39largest number of independent institutions of higher education in
40the state. The representative of the private postsecondary
P5    1educational institutions shall bebegin delete the Chief of the Bureau for Private
2Postsecondary Education, or the chief’s designeeend delete
begin insert selected by the
3advisory committee to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary
4Education, established pursuant to Section 94880end insert
.

5(B) One representative of the Department of Finance.

6(C) At least one member, but no more than three members, with
7expertise in similar state accountability efforts, who is not a regular
8employee of a postsecondary education segment.

9(D) A representative of the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

10(2) The working group shall develop and identify outcome
11metrics, progress metrics, and efficiency and effectiveness metrics. begin delete12 At a minimum, and inend delete begin insert Inend insert a manner that is consistent with the goals
13specified in Section 67051, the working group shall ensure that
14the metrics provide a means of measuring performance and
15improvement inbegin insert specified areas. These areas may include, but are
16not necessarily limited to,end insert
each of the followingbegin delete areasend delete:

17(A) Graduation rates.

18(B) Transfer rates.

19(C) The number of graduates.

20(D) The number of transfers.

21(E) Degree completion of all students.

22(F) Degree completion of low-income students.

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

24(H) Retention rates.

25(I) Course completions.

26(J) Total funding per degree or certificate.

27(K) Degree productionbegin insert and graduate outcomes performance
28measuresend insert
relative to the state’s workforce and economic needsbegin insert,
29which may include job placement and salaries of graduatesend insert
.

30(b) Thebegin delete appropriate educational administrative body, as
31determined byend delete
begin insert designee ofend insert the Governorbegin insert identifiedend insert pursuant to
32subdivisionbegin delete (a),end deletebegin insert (a)end insert may request technical input from any agency
33that maintains data that would be helpful in developing the metrics
34and assessing progress toward achieving the goals specified in
35Section 67051.

36(c) Thebegin delete appropriate educational administrative body, as
37determined byend delete
begin insert designeeend insertbegin insert ofend insert the Governorbegin insert identifiedend insert pursuant to
38subdivision (a), in consultation with the Department of Finance
39and the Legislative Analyst’s Office, shall submit recommended
40metrics developed pursuant to subdivision (a) to the appropriate
P6    1policy committees of the Legislature, the Joint Legislative Budget
2Committee, and the Governor on or beforebegin delete January 31,end deletebegin insert December
31,end insert
2014.

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67054.  

For the purposes of this chapter, “segments of
5postsecondary education” means the California Community
6Colleges, the California State University, the University of
7California, independent institutions of higher education, as defined
8in Section 66010, and private postsecondary educational
9institutions, as defined in Section 94858.



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