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          Date of Hearing:  April 28, 2015


                       ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION


                                 Jose Medina, Chair


          AB 1016  
          (Santiago) - As Amended April 13, 2015


          SUBJECT:  Public postsecondary education:  Student Transfer  
          Achievement Reform Act


          SUMMARY:  Requires the California Community Colleges (CCC)  
          Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) to report to the Legislature, on or  
          before March 1, 2016, the status of each community college's  
          compliance with the Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR)  
          Act's provision related to creating associate degrees for  
          transfer (ADTs); and, requires the California State University  
          (CSU) to submit two reports to the Legislature, as specified, on  
          campus acceptance of transfer model curricula (TMC) by  
          concentration.  Specifically, this bill:  


          1)Requires the CCCCO, on or before March 1, 2016, to report to  
            the Legislature on the status of each CCCs compliance with the  
            provisions of this article related to creating ADTs.


          2)Requires the CSU to submit two reports to the Legislature on  
            campus acceptance of TMC by concentration, on or before March  
            1, 2016, and on or before March 1, 2017, respectively.










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          3)Requires the CSU, beginning November 1, 2018, and until  
            October 31, 2023, to annually post publicly available data on  
            both of the following:


             a)   The extent to which the CSU admitted associate degree  
               transfer students to the students' first choice campus and  
               to a program that is similar to their transfer degree; and,


             b)   Associate degree transfer student outcomes, including  
               all of the following data:


               i)     The number of transferable CCC units taken before  
                 the start of a student's first semester at the CSU,


               ii)    The number of units taken as a fully matriculated  
                 CSU student, and, 


               iii)    The proportion of students who graduate from the  
                 CSU within two or three years.


          4)Specifies that the data made publicly available, as specified,  
            shall differentiate between the extent to which the CSU  
            admitted ADT students to their first campus of choice and to a  
            program that is similar to their transfer degree.


          5)Specifies that the first annual posting of data on November 1,  
            2018, shall include data on students entering Fall 2014 to  
            Fall 2016, inclusive; and, each annual posting in subsequent  
            years shall include data only on students entering the prior  









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            school year.


          6)Specifies that the requirements for the reports the CCCCO  
            shall submit, on or before March 1, 2016 will be inoperative  
            on March 1, 2020; and, the report the CSU shall issue, on or  
            before March 1, 2017, will be inoperative on March 1, 2021.


          7)Allows for reimbursement to the appropriate entities should  
            the Commission on State Mandates determine that there are  
            mandated state costs.


          EXISTING LAW:  


          1)Establishes the STAR Act and requires CCC to develop two-year  
            (60 semester unit) associate degrees for transfer, which deems  
            the student eligible for transfer into CSU.  The associate  
            degrees for transfer are required to include a minimum of 18  
            units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by CCC,  
            and an approved set of general education requirements  
            (Education Code Section 66746). 

          2)Requires the CSU to guarantee admission with junior status to  
            any community college student who meets the specified  
            requirements in 1) above, but provides that the student is not  
            guaranteed admission for specific majors or campuses.   
            However, the CSU is required to grant a student priority  
            admission to his or her local CSU campus and to a program or  
            major that is similar to his or her community college major or  
            area of emphasis, as determined by the CSU campus to which the  
            student is admitted.  Students that utilize the associate  
            transfer degree process are required to receive priority over  
            all other community college transfer students, except for  
            community college students who have entered into a transfer  









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            agreement between a community college and the CSU prior to the  
            fall term of the 2012-13 academic year (EC Section 66747).
          


          FISCAL EFFECT:  Unknown


          COMMENTS:  Background.  As a way to address long standing issues  
          and concerns about the need to ensure a clearer, transparent and  
          more navigable transfer process between the CCC and CSU, the  
          Legislature and Governor enacted SB 1440 (Padilla), Chapter 428,  
          Statutes of 2010.  This legislation required community colleges  
          to create two-year 60 unit associate degrees for transfer that  
          are fully transferable to CSU. These degrees require completion  
          of (1) a minimum of 18 units in a major or area of emphasis, as  
          determined by each community college, and (2) an approved set of  
          general education requirements. Students who earn such a degree  
          are automatically eligible to transfer to the CSU system as an  
          upper-division student in a bachelor's degree program.  Though  
          these students are not guaranteed admission to a particular CSU  
          campus or into a particular degree program, SB 1440 gives them  
          priority admission to a CSU program that is "similar" to the  
          student's CCC major or area of emphasis, as determined by the  
          CSU campus to which the student is admitted.  Once admitted, SB  
          1440 students need only complete two additional years (an  
          additional 60 units) of coursework to earn a bachelor's degree. 

          Senate Bill 440 (Padilla), Chapter 720, Statutes of 2013,  
          requires, prior to the 2014-15 academic year, a CCC create an  
          ADT in every major that has a TMC.  Once a TMC is approved by  
          faculty, community colleges use it to design an ADT in that  
          particular major. 

          Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) Report.  "Implementation  
          Update:  Reforming Transfer from CCC to CSU," which was released  
          on February 2, 2015, found, among others, that there has been  









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          continued progress in the implementation of the STAR Act, but  
          some of the CCC and CSU campuses are not fully on track to  
          meeting the Legislature's targets for implementation. The LAO  
          contends that the state's transfer reform is too recent to fully  
          assess its effectiveness in a comprehensive way.  That said,  
          according to the report, the CCC, appears on track to make  
          additional progress in accepting ADTs as similar to its majors  
          and concentrations.

          As a way to ensure more students are familiar with the ADT and  
          its direct path for CSU transfer, and to help the Legislature  
          monitor how the segments are implementing the STAR Act, the  
          report recommended one near-term report from the CCC and two  
          from the CSU to track the segments' progress in creating ADTs  
          and accepting TMC; and, require the CSU to annually provide data  
          on certain student outcomes (including admittance to campuses  
          and programs of choice, units taken, and graduation rates),  
          beginning Fall 2018.

          Purpose of this measure.  According to the author, the STAR Act  
          does not require the CCC to update the Legislature on ADT  
          development or require the CSU to report on TMC acceptance or  
          ADT Student outcomes.  The author states, "AB 1016, by providing  
          more information in the coming years, will help the Legislature  
          track CCC/CSU progress in implementing transfer reform.   
          Furthermore, this bill will help transfer students more easily  
          achieve their educational and career goals."

          Policy consideration.  As drafted, the bill uses the term  
          "program that is similar to their transfer degree" (see 66749.5  
          (c)(1) (A)); if the author's intent is for data to show how many  
          ADT transfer students who applied to an impacted program but did  
          not gain access, but were accepted to a similar non-impacted  
          program, the term "program that is similar to their transfer  
          degree" may not be necessary.  Moving forward, the author may  
          wish to delete the reference of "program that is similar to  
          their transfer degree".









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          REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION:




          Support


          California Chamber of Commerce


          Community College League of California




          Opposition


          None on file.




          Analysis Prepared by:Jeanice Warden / HIGHER ED. / (916)  
          319-3960


















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