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          Date of Hearing:  May 13, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


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


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   
          Yes


          SUMMARY:


          This bill requires the California Community Colleges  
          Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) and the California State University  
          (CSU) to report to the Legislature on each system's compliance  








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          with provisions of the Student Transfer Achievement (STAR) Act.  
          Specifically, this bill:


          1)Requires the CCCCO, by March 1, 2016, to report on the status  
            of each community college's compliance regarding the creation  
            of associate degrees for transfer.


          2)Requires the CSU to report on campus acceptance of transfer  
            model curricula (TMC) by concentration, by March 1, 2016 and  
            again by March 1, 2017.


          3)Requires CSU, by November 1, 2018, and annually thereafter  
            through 2022, to publicly post data on admittance of associate  
            degree for transfer students to their first-choice campus and  
            a program similar to their degree, and on these students'  
            outcomes, as specified.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          1)CSU indicates that students do not current rank the campuses  
            to which they apply, thus there will be one-time General Fund  
            costs of $500,000 to $1 million for programming to capture and  
            report this data and to train staff regarding the new coding  
            requirements.

          2)Costs to the CCC will be minor and absorbable.



          COMMENTS:


          1)Background. As a way to address long standing issues and  
            concerns about the need to ensure a clearer, transparent and  








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            more navigable transfer process between the CCC and CSU, SB  
            1440 (Padilla), Chapter 428, Statutes of 2010, required  
            community colleges to create two-year 60 unit associate  
            degrees for transfer that are fully transferable to CSU.  
            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,  
            required a CCC, prior to the 2014-15 academic year, to create  
            a transfer degree in every major that has a TMC.  Once  
            approved by faculty, community colleges use a TMC to design a  
            transfer degree in that particular major. 

          2)Purpose. 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 Legislative Analyst's Office, in a recent status  
            report on the STAR Act, recommended one near-term report from  
            the CCC and two from the CSU to track the segments' progress  
            in creating associate degrees for transfer and accepting TMCs;  
            and, recommended requiring CSU to annually provide data on  
            certain student outcomes, beginning Fall 2018.
          


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










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