BILL NUMBER: SB 1440	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN SENATE  APRIL 15, 2010

INTRODUCED BY   Senator Padilla
   (Coauthor: Assembly Member Fong)

                        FEBRUARY 19, 2010

   An act to add Article 3 (commencing with Section 66745) to Chapter
9.2 of Part 40 of Division 5 of Title 3 of the Education Code,
relating to  community colleges   public
postsecondary education  .



	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 1440, as amended, Padilla. California Community Colleges:
student transfer.
   Existing law establishes the 3 segments of public postsecondary
education in this state. These segments include the California State
University, the campuses of which are administered by the Trustees of
the California State University, the University of California, which
is administered by the Regents of the University of California, and
the California Community Colleges, which are administered by the
Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.
   Existing law establishes community college districts throughout
the state, and authorizes them to provide instruction to students at
community college campuses.
   Existing law, known as the Donahoe Higher Education Act,
authorizes the community colleges to grant associate in arts and
associate in science degrees. The act also requires the regents, the
trustees, and the board of governors to have as a fundamental policy
the maintenance of a healthy and expanded program to increase the
number of transfer students from community colleges. 
   This bill would enact the Community College Associate Degree and
Recognition of Student Transfer Preparation Act, which would
authorize a community college to grant an associate degree in the
student's field of study, that is designated as being "for transfer,"
to a student who completes 60 transferable semester units or 27
quarter units, as specified, and meets the minimum requirements for
transfer to a public university or alternative path to transfer
program. The bill would prohibit a community college from imposing
any requirements, in addition to these requirements, for the granting
of an associate degree with the "for transfer" designation.
 
   This bill would enact the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act,
which would require a community college district to grant an
associate degree to a student in his or her field of study that would
deem the student eligible for transfer into a California State
University baccalaureate program when the student meets prescribed
requirements. This bill would prohibit a community college district
from imposing any requirements, in addition to these requirements,
for a student to be eligible for the associate degree. This bill
would prohibit remedial noncollegiate level coursework from being
counted towards the units required for the associate degree. This
bill would require the California State University to guarantee
admission with junior status to any community college student who
meets the requirements for the associate degree. This bill would not
guarantee a student admission for specified majors or campuses, but
would require the California State University to grant a student
priority admission to a program or major that is similar to his or
her community college major or area of emphasis. This bill would
authorize the California State University to require a transferring
student to take additional coursework in specified circumstances.
This bill would prohibit the California State University from
requiring a transferring student to repeat courses that are similar
to those taken at the community college that counted towards the
units required for the associate degree.  
   By requiring a community college district to grant the associate
degree, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. 

   The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local
agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the
state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that
reimbursement.  
   This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates
determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state,
reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these
statutory provisions. 
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee:  no
  yes  . State-mandated local program:  no
  yes  .


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  The Legislature finds and declares all of the
following:
   (a) Since the enactment of the Master Plan for Higher Education in
1960, preparing students to transfer to a four-year university has
been a core function of the California Community Colleges.
   (b) Successful progression from lower division coursework to
degree completion is a basic principle of California higher education
and is critical to the future of the state's economy.
   (c) Currently, the coursework necessary to transfer to a campus of
the California State University or the University of California
differs from the coursework needed to earn an associate degree. As a
result, many transfer students leave the community college system
having completed transfer requirements, but are unable to participate
in community college graduation ceremonies, do not have a degree to
show for their work, and are ineligible for some awards and
scholarships because they did not fulfill current requirements for an
associate degree.
   (d) Today, one in every four jobs requires an associate degree or
higher. In the near future, one in every three jobs will require an
associate degree or higher.
   (e) The community college system allows the state to address the
serious shortage of educated workers.
   (f) To meet workforce demands in a cost-effective way,
incentivizing students to earn an associate degree while preparing
for transfer to a four-year college or university, and recognizing
that they have completed a transfer preparation course pattern,
provides students encouragement and support to complete their overall
educational pursuits. 
  SEC. 2.    Article 3 (commencing with Section
66745) is added to Chapter 9.2 of Part 40 of Division 5 of Title 3 of
the Education Code, to read:

      Article 3.  Associate Degree and Recognition of Student
Transfer Preparation


   66745.   (a) This article shall be known, and may be cited, as the
Community College Associate Degree and Recognition of Student
Transfer Preparation Act.
   (b) It is the intent of the Legislature that, whenever possible, a
community college shall consider the requirements for transfer as it
develops associate degree requirements and encourages students to
take courses that simultaneously meet both of the requirements of
Section 66746.
   66746.  A community college may grant an associate degree, in the
student's field of study, on which is designated that it is "for
transfer," to a student who meets both of the following requirements:

   (a) Completes a minimum of 60 transferable semester units or 90
quarter units, 18 semester units or 27 quarter units of which shall
comprise coursework in a major or an area of emphasis, as determined
by the college.
   (b) Meets the minimum requirements for transfer in an approved
transfer core curriculum program, approved transfer agreement
program, or dual admission program, implemented pursuant to Chapter
9.2 (commencing with Section 66720) of Part 40 of Division 5 of Title
3 or meets the requirements of an alternative path to transfer
program, including, but not limited to, the Intersegmental General
Education Transfer Curriculum or the California State University
General Education Breadth Requirements.
   66747.  If a community college provides a degree with the "for
transfer" designation as provided for in Section 66746, the college
shall not impose any requirements in addition to the requirements of
Section 66746, including any local college or district requirements.
   66748.  (a) A degree granted pursuant to this article shall
reflect the completion of lower division general education
requirements.
   (b)  The granting of a degree pursuant to this article does not
guarantee admission to any institution. 
   SEC. 2.    Article 3 (commencing with  
Section 66745) is added to Chapter 9.2 of Part 40 of Division 5 of
Title 3 of the   Education Code   , to read: 


      Article 3.  Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act


   66745.  This article shall be known, and may be cited as the
Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act.
   66746.  (a) A community college district shall grant an associate
degree to a student in his or her field of study that shall deem the
student eligible for transfer into a California State University
baccalaureate program when the student meets both of the following
requirements:
   (1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are
eligible for transfer to the California State University, including
both of the following:
   (A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum
(IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth
Requirements.
   (B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major
or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.

   (2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. A
community college district may require a higher grade point average
and the completion of specific prerequisite courses for impacted
programs or campuses.
   (b) A community college district shall not impose any requirements
in addition to the requirements of this section, including any local
college or district requirements, for a student to be eligible for
the associate degree and subsequent admission to the California State
University pursuant to Section 66747.
   (c) This section shall not preclude students who are assessed at
below collegiate level from acquiring remedial noncollegiate level
coursework in preparation for obtaining the associate degree.
Remedial noncollegiate level coursework shall not be counted as part
of the transferable units required pursuant to paragraph (1) of
subdivision (a).
   66747.  Notwithstanding Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 66201),
the California State University shall guarantee admission with
junior status to any community college student who meets all of the
requirements of Section 66746. The California State University shall
not guarantee admission for specific majors or campuses.
Notwithstanding Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 66201), the
California State University shall grant a student priority admission
to a program or major that is similar to his or her community college
major or area of emphasis.
   66748.  (a) The California State University may require a student
transferring pursuant to this article to take additional courses so
long as the student is not required to take any more than 60
additional semester units or 90 quarter units at the California State
University for majors requiring 120 semester units or 180 quarter
units.
   (b) The California State University shall not require students
transferring pursuant to this article to repeat courses that are
similar to those taken at the community college that counted toward
the associate degree granted pursuant to Section 66746. 
   SEC. 3.    If the Commission on State Mandates
determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state,
reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs
shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of
Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.