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          Date of Hearing:  May 20, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          340 (Weber) - As Amended May 6, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          The bill requires the governing boards of the California  
          Community Colleges (CCC) and the California State University  
          (CSU), and encourages the University of California (UC) Regents,  
          to report on the campus climate at their respective systems.  








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          Specifically, this bill:


          1)Defines campus climate as a measure of an individual's  
            experience within the learning environment, specifically  
            focusing on the current attitudes, practices, policies, and  
            behaviors of campus life that impact the success and retention  
            of all members of a campus community.


          2)Requires the reports to include: administrative efforts to  
            effect campus climate; recent campus program developments  
            impacting campus climate with respect to gender, race,  
            ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation,  
            disability, and gender identity; student demographic data; and  
            crime data, as specified.


          3)Requires the reports to be submitted once every biennium  
            session of the Legislature, beginning in 2017-18, to the  
            Governor, the Attorney General, and the Legislature, and to be  
            posted on the segments' websites.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          1)UC and CSU indicate that they can absorb any cost associated  
            with this bill, as it is generally consistent with their  
            existing efforts in this regard.


          2)The CCC Chancellor's Office, in part due to the system's  
            decentralized nature, does not currently collect much of the  
            information required in the report and thus will incur costs  
            to establish a reporting format and to solicit, obtain,  
            review, compile and report information from 72 districts and  
            113 colleges. Initial costs for the first report will be  
            $200,000 to $250,000, with ongoing costs of $100,000 to  








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            $150,000 every two years thereafter.


          COMMENTS:


          Background and Purpose. Out of concern regarding recent campus  
          climate issues at various campuses of higher education, in the  
          past few years there have been several oversight hearings  
          convened by the Assembly Higher Education Committee to look at  
          campus climate issues.  In 2014, the Assembly Select Committee  
          on Campus Climate convened several hearings examining how to  
          strengthen overall campus climate at the state's postsecondary  
          educational institutions of higher learning. 


          The author states, "By requiring a report on recent developments  
          on campus climate, the three segments of higher education would  
          keep key policymakers informed about new and ongoing endeavors  
          and developments in regards to campus climate.  It would also  
          offer a level of oversight to ensure that progress is being made  
          at California's public higher education institutions as they  
          work to meet the needs of a changing demographic."


          Analysis Prepared by:Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081