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          1016 (Santiago)

          As Amended  May 28, 2015

          Majority vote

          |Committee       |Votes |Ayes                |Noes                  |
          |                |      |                    |                      |
          |                |      |                    |                      |
          |Higher          |12-0  |Medina, Baker,      |                      |
          |Education       |      |Bloom, Chávez,      |                      |
          |                |      |Harper, Irwin,      |                      |
          |                |      |Levine, Linder,     |                      |
          |                |      |Low, Santiago,      |                      |
          |                |      |Weber, Williams     |                      |
          |                |      |                    |                      |
          |Appropriations  |17-0  |Gomez, Bigelow,     |                      |
          |                |      |Bonta, Calderon,    |                      |
          |                |      |Chang, Daly,        |                      |
          |                |      |Eggman, Gallagher,  |                      |
          |                |      |                    |                      |
          |                |      |                    |                      |
          |                |      |Eduardo Garcia,     |                      |
          |                |      |Gordon, Holden,     |                      |
          |                |      |Jones, Quirk,       |                      |
          |                |      |Rendon, Wagner,     |                      |
          |                |      |Weber, Wood         |                      |
          |                |      |                    |                      |
          |                |      |                    |                      |


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          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.

          3)Requires the CSU, beginning December 1, 2016, and until November  
            30, 2021, to annually post publicly available data on all of the  

             a)   The number of students admitted with an ADT; and,

             b)   The proportion of students with an ADT who graduate from  
               the CSU within two or three years.

          4)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  


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            1, 2017, will be inoperative on March 1, 2021.

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

          FISCAL EFFECT:  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, costs to the CCC and CSU will be minor and absorbable.


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          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  

          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  
          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.


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          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."

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