Gov. Brown signs legislation curbing supplanting in the CSU

A CFA-sponsored bill to prevent the CSU from becoming a two-tier education system based on ability to pay was signed into law by the governor late last week.

AB 716 clarifies the definition of “supplanting,” a process of moving state-supported courses students need to graduate out of the regular state university and into Extended Education, where students pay more and faculty are paid less.

Supplanting is already prohibited in the state Education Code but greater clarity was needed to enforce protections against it.

A 2012 audit revealed that the practice of supplanting had taken place on three campuses in the CSU system anywhere from a few dozen times to more than 900, depending on how the practice was measured. The State Auditor’s report recommended the Legislature adopt clearer language to forestall the practice, and AB 716 was introduced to do just that.

AB 716 was passed unanimously by both houses of the Legislature and goes into effect Jan. 1, 2016.