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          SB 195 (Liu)
          As Amended  August 20, 2013
          Majority vote 

           SENATE VOTE  :30-8  
           HIGHER EDUCATION    13-0        APPROPRIATIONS      17-0        
          |Ayes:|Williams, Chávez, Bloom,  |Ayes:|Gatto, Harkey, Bigelow,   |
          |     |Fong, Fox, Jones-Sawyer,  |     |Bocanegra, Bradford, Ian  |
          |     |Levine, Linder, Medina,   |     |Calderon, Campos,         |
          |     |Olsen, Quirk-Silva,       |     |Donnelly, Eggman, Gomez,  |
          |     |Weber, Wilk               |     |Hall, Holden, Linder,     |
          |     |                          |     |Pan, Quirk, Wagner, Weber |
          SUMMARY  :  Requires a working group to identify outcome, progress  
          and effectiveness metrics for California's higher education  
          segments (University of California (UC), the California State  
          University (CSU), and the California Community Colleges (CCC)).   
          Specifically,  this bill  :

          1)States legislative intent that budget and policy decisions  
            regarding postsecondary education generally adhere to the  
            goals of:  a) improving student access and success; b) better  
            aligning degrees and credentials with the state's economic,  
            workforce, and civic needs; and c) ensuring the effective and  
            efficient use of resources.

          2)Requires a designee of the Governor to convene a working group  
            to develop performance metrics, as specified, for the purpose  
            of monitoring progress toward meeting the above goals. The  
            metrics are to be derived from publicly available data  

          3)Specifies that the working group will consist of:

             a)   One representative each from the UC, CSU, CCCs, the  
               State Department of Education (DOE), the independent  
               institutions of higher education, and the private  
               postsecondary educational institutions.


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             b)   One representative of the Department of Finance (DOF).

             c)   One to three members with similar expertise in state  
               accountability efforts.

             d)   One representative of the Legislative Analyst's Office  

          4)Requires the metrics to be submitted to the Legislature and  
            the Governor by December 31, 2014.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, costs for the segments, DOE, DOF, and LAO to  
          participate in the workgroup should be minor and absorbable. To  
          the extent the metrics are derived from current data sources as  
          intended, the segments should not experience any significant  
          additional reporting costs.

           COMMENTS  :  

           Purpose of this bill  .  According to the author, the goals  
          established by this legislation will be the basis for  
          establishing metrics and targets and for assessing progress in  
          meeting California's educational and workforce needs.  The  
          author notes that the current fiscal climate makes it especially  
          important that California be clear about priorities for the use  
          of the public funding provided to our institutions.  According  
          to the author, "If we are clear about the goals and the  
          measures, we can then be clearer about the budget and policy  
          decisions necessary to support our higher education system in  
          meeting our goals."

           Background  .  The Legislature has been considering statewide  
          higher education goals for over a decade; beginning with a study  
          commissioned by the Senate in 2002 that served as the basis for  
          several legislative efforts (see Previous Legislation below).   
          As part of its recent reports on higher education oversight, the  
          LAO has recommended that the Legislature and the Administration  
          establish a clear public agenda for higher education, including  
          specific and focused statewide goals that could serve as the  
          framework for an accountability system designed to align higher  
          education performance with the state's needs.  The most recent  
          Master Plan review, as reflected in ACR 184 (Ruskin), Chapter  


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          163, Statues of 2010, noted the lack of public policy goals  
          based upon the outcomes required to meet California's needs and  
          found the establishment of statewide goals will enable increased  
          accountability across the entire higher education system and  
          within segments.  Most recently, the 2013-14 Budget Act  
          education trailer bill requires CSU and UC to report annually on  
          specified performance measures, in order to inform budget and  
          policy decisions and promote effective and efficient use of  
           This bill expands upon the Budget Act requirements by  
          establishing a forum to review and improve upon these reported  
          elements, to include recommendations for CCC and private college  
          reporting and outcome measures, and to make recommendations for  
          ongoing evaluation of progress toward achieving outlined goals.   
           Analysis Prepared by  :    Laura Metune / HIGHER ED. / (916)  

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