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2013 CA A 1925
Author: Logue
Version: Introduced
Version Date: 02/19/2014

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE--2013-2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill

No. 1925

Introduced by Assembly Member Logue

February 19, 2014

(Coauthors: Assembly Members Beth Gaines, Grove, Hagman, Harkey, Mansoor, Morrell, Wagner, and Wilk)

An act to add Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 92700) to Part 57 of Division 9 of Title 3 of the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary education.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST

AB 1925, as introduced, Logue. Public postsecondary education: Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program: University of California.

Existing law establishes a system of public elementary and secondary schools operated by local educational agencies throughout the state. Existing law also establishes a system of public postsecondary education in this state that includes 3 segments: the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California.

This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to establish a pilot program with the goal of establishing a coordinated curriculum that enables students, including, but not necessarily limited to, students who have earned college course credit through concurrent enrollment in high school and community college, to earn a baccalaureate degree from a participating University of California campus within 3 years of graduating from a secondary school, at a total cost to the student as close as possible to $25,000, excluding the cost of mandatory campus-based fees. The bill would authorize the University of California to establish a Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program that includes any campus of the University of California, any campus of the California Community Colleges that volunteers to participate, and any secondary educational institution that volunteers to participate. The bill would place specified conditions on the operation of the pilot program, which would apply to the University of California only to the extent made applicable by action of the Regents of the University of California.

Vote Required: MAJORITY Appropriation: NO Fiscal Committee: YES Local Program: NO Immediate Effect NO Urgency: NO Tax Levy: NO Election: NO Usual Current Expenses: NO Budget Bill: NO Prop 25 Trailer Bill: NO

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 92700) is added to Part 57 of Division 9 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:

CHAPTER 8. Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program

92700. It is the intent of the Legislature to establish a pilot program with the goal of establishing a coordinated curriculum that enables students, including, but not necessarily limited to, students who have earned college course credit through concurrent enrollment in high school and community college, to earn a baccalaureate degree from a participating University of California campus within three years of graduating from a secondary school, at a total cost to the student as close as possible to twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), excluding the cost of mandatory campus-based fees.

92701. The University of California may establish a Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program that includes any campus of the University of California, any campus of the California Community Colleges that volunteers to participate, and any secondary educational institution that volunteers to participate.

92702. Notwithstanding any other law, all of the following provisions shall apply to the operation of the pilot program:

(a) The number of advanced placement (AP) course credits that a participating high school pupil may earn is unlimited.

(b) The number of transfer credits that a participating high school pupil earns that may be accepted by the participating community college or University of California campus shall be unlimited, except as provided for in subdivision (h).

(c) A participating student may attend and earn college course credit at either his or her high school or at a participating community college, and the provisions of subdivision (c) of Section 48800 shall not apply to a participating high school pupil.

(d) In order to earn college course credit under the pilot program for college-level coursework undertaken before graduation from high school, other than courses taken at a community college, a participating student shall earn a score of three or better on the AP examination for each college-level course.

(e) A participating student shall receive priority enrollment status at a participating community college, and be required to enroll at that community college either in the summer term or the fall semester immediately succeeding that pupil's graduation from high school.

(f) In order to remain in the pilot program, a participating student shall maintain a minimum grade point average determined by the participating institution that shall be at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale.

(g) A participating student shall be a full time student, shall take no less than 12 semester units each semester, and shall complete his or her associate of arts transfer degree in not more than two years from the date he or she enrolled at the community college.

(h) A participating University of California campus shall accept a minimum of 60 semester units earned by a participating student at either a high school or a community college pursuant to the pilot program.

(i) The mandatory systemwide fees and tuition and mandatory campus-based fees charged to a participating student shall not be increased during the first two academic years of his or her attendance at a University of California campus pursuant to the pilot program.

(j) Institutions participating in the pilot program may offer participating students summer internships for credit toward the pilot program.

(k) A participating student shall receive priority enrollment status at a participating University of California campus, and shall be required to enroll at that University of California campus either in the summer term or the fall semester immediately succeeding that student's completion of the required community college coursework.

(l) The bachelor's degrees awarded at the participating University of California campus to a participating student shall be limited to baccalaureate degrees in one or more of the following fields of study:

(1) Science.

(2) Technology.

(3) Engineering.

(4) Mathematics.

92703. The requirements imposed on the University of California pursuant to Section 92702 shall only apply to the extent that the regents, by appropriate resolution, make them applicable.


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