(a) There is hereby created the Blue Ribbon
16Commission on Public Postsecondary Education. The purpose of
17the commission is to make recommendations on improving access
18to and affordability in postsecondary education for Californians.
(b) (1) There shall be nine public members of the commission,
20who shall be California residents who are community leaders,
21business leaders, and others knowledgeable in the area of
22postsecondary education. The nine public members shall be
23representative of the cultural, ethnic, racial, and geographic
24diversity of the state. The members are as follows:
(A) Three members from the public appointed by the Governor.
(B) Three members from the public appointed by the Senate
27Committee on Rules.
(C) Three members from the public appointed by the Speaker
29of the Assembly.
(2) The Governor may designate any one of the nine members
31appointed to the commission to serve as temporary chairperson
32of the commission for its first meeting. The first order of business
33of the commission shall be to elect a permanent chairperson.
(c) Commission meetings are subject to the Bagley-Keene Open
35Meeting Act (Article 9 (commencing with Section 11120) of
36Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government
(d) Members of the commission shall serve without
39compensation, but shall receive reimbursement for actual
P5 1necessary expenses incurred in connection with the performance
2of their duties as members.
(e) No person who is employed or retained by any public or
4private postsecondary educational institution shall be appointed
5to or serve on the commission. No person who is a spouse or
6domestic partner of an employee, an officer, or retained by a public
7or private postsecondary educational institution shall be appointed
8to serve on the commission.
(f) (1) There shall be an office titled the Office of the Blue
10Ribbon Commission on Public Postsecondary Education. The
11office shall do all of the following:
(A) Implement the duties and directives of the commission.
(B) Consult with the higher education segments and
14stakeholders, as appropriate,
in the conduct of its duties and
(2) The office may request and receive information necessary
17to conduct its business, from the higher education segments, the
18Department of Finance, the Legislative Analyst’s Office, and the
19Student Aid Commission.
(3) For purposes of this subdivision, “higher education
21segments” means the segments described in Section 66010.95.
22Higher education stakeholders include, but are not necessarily
23limited to, postsecondary faculty, staff, and students, K-12
24representatives, representatives of the business community,
25representatives of labor, representatives of community-based
26organizations, and nonprofit organizations.
(g) (1) The office shall be established in state government, and
28shall be under the direct control of an executive director.
(2) The commission shall appoint the executive director at a
30salary that shall be fixed pursuant to Section 12001 of the
(3) The commission shall select and designate a state
33administrative agency to carry out the personnel, contractual, and
34all other fiscal services required by the commission.
(h) The duties of the commission shall include, but need not be
36limited to, the review of relevant reports by the University of
37California, the California State University, the Board of Governors
38of the California Community Colleges, the Student Aid
39Commission, the Department of Finance, the Legislative Analyst’s
40Office, foundations or nonprofit organizations, the California
P6 1Postsecondary Education Commission, or any other reports the
2commission deems appropriate.
(i) The commission shall conduct a series of at least 10 public
4hearings specifically focused on the needs of and seeking input
5from African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, Asian
6Americans, Pacific Islanders, boys and men of color,
7undocumented immigrants, LGBTQ students, and other
8underserved or underrepresented groups in public postsecondary
9education. The hearings shall be held in geographically diverse
10regions of the state to solicit testimony of individuals, public
11interest groups, alumni organizations, or any other interested
12private groups and organizations as well as professors,
13administrators, students, representatives from historically
14underrepresented groups in public higher education, and others
15who are directly affected for the purpose of soliciting the input of
16these groups in the formulations of the commission’s
(j) In addition, the commission
shall, at a minimum, study,
19analyze, issue written recommendations, and report to the
20Legislature and to the Governor on all of the following:
(1) Establishing the need to create a public postsecondary
22education system that ensures universal access with the capacity
23to support universal participation of all high school graduates in
(2) Identifying the current enrollment capacity in public
26postsecondary education as compared to the enrollment capacity
27needed in public postsecondary education to ensure universal
28access and universal participation for all high school graduates
(3) Identifying the enrollment slots needed to ensure the state’s
31public postsecondary education system can graduate an additional
321,100,000 California residents by 2030 to meet the economic
33demands of the state.
(4) Determining the number of additional campuses needed, if
35any, in each of the public postsecondary education segments to
36accommodate the additional enrollment demands described in
37paragraphs (1) to (3), inclusive. The commission shall consider
38geographic areas of the state where a significant demand for public
39postsecondary educational services is not being met by current
40campuses and programs.
(5) Ensuring that enrollments in public postsecondary
2institutions reflect the ethnic and racial diversity of California
3high school pupils and high school graduates. The commission
4shall identify admission criteria, student outreach, student
5preparation, student retention, and other mechanisms that can
6promote this diversity.
(6) Ensuring equity for historically disadvantaged and
8underrepresented groups that include, but are
not limited to,
9communities of color, documented and undocumented immigrants,
10individuals from low-income and working-class backgrounds,
11LGBTQ people, and others with unique needs.
(7) Determining the amount of increased investments in public
13postsecondary education necessary to support a mission of
14universal access and participation of all Californians. The
15increased investments shall take into account the additional
16resources needed to support the recommendations pursuant to
17paragraphs (2) to (6), inclusive. These recommendations shall
18identify expenditure requirements to support this objective and
19recommend additional revenue sources to finance this mission.
(8) The resources required to create an affordable and
21tuition-free education system in the California public
22postsecondary environment, with a first priority on supporting
23those students with the lowest incomes and least
24resources. This task shall include an analysis of not only tuition
25and fees, but a focus on additional college costs, such as books
26and supplies, food, housing, transportation, loan fees, child and
27dependent care, and other costs. The analysis shall incorporate
28the availability of federal, state, and campus-based financial aid
29efforts to offset these additional college costs to determine the
30extra resources needed to support all low-income and
31underrepresented California resident students.
(k) The commission shall publish its report by March 31, 2018.
33The report shall be transmitted to the fiscal and education policy
34committees of the Legislature, the Regents of the University of
35California, the Trustees of the California State University, the
36Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, the
37Director of Finance, and the Governor. Copies of the report shall
38be posted on the Governor’s Internet Web site.
(l) The office shall close no later than June 30, 2018.