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Date of Hearing: August 17, 2011

ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
Felipe Fuentes, Chair

SB 292 (Padilla) - As Amended: August 15, 2011

Policy Committee:Higher
EducationVote:7-1

Urgency: No State Mandated Local Program:
Yes Reimbursable: Yes

SUMMARY

This bill modifies the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act
(STAR program), enacted last year, by requiring, rather than
encouraging a community college to accept credits earned at
other community colleges toward an associate degree for
transfer.

FISCAL EFFECT

By requiring, rather than encouraging, colleges to accept
credits earned at other colleges, the bill creates a
reimbursable state mandate that could cost in the hundreds of
thousands to over one million dollars annually. With this bill,
colleges may seek state reimbursement for staff time associated
with reviewing and determining the compatibility of student
courses taken at other community colleges.

It is estimated 40% of the 50,000 community college students
transferring to the California State University (CSU) each year
earn credits at more than one campus. For every 10,000 such
students seeking a transfer degree under the STAR program,
assuming one hour of staff time for review and processing at $60
per hour, statewide (Proposition 98) costs would be $600,000.

To extent this mandate leads to increased acceptance by colleges
of credits earned by students at other colleges, students will
take less time to qualify for a transfer degree and thus should
be able to complete their educational goals in less time.

COMMENTS









SB 292
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Background and Purpose . SB 1440 (Padilla)/Chapter 428 of 2010,
enacted the STAR program, which requires a California Community
College (CCC) district to grant an associate degree that deems
the student eligible for transfer into the California State
University (CSU), subject to specified requirements, and
requires the CSU to guarantee admission with junior status to
CCC students meeting those requirements.

Additionally, under SB 1440, CCC districts are encouraged, but
not required, to facilitate the acceptance of credits earned at
other CCCs toward the degree for transfer. However, at SB 1440
implementation task force meetings, this issue has arisen as a
point of contention. The author believes it is therefore
necessary to add language mandating CCC reciprocity in the
acceptance of credits.
Analysis Prepared by : Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916) 319-2081