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CFA- Supported Bills at The State Capitol
The Legislation Report

AB 2610 (Williams) Definition of Supplanting

Would have helped to ensure that classes CSU and California Community College students must take to complete their degrees cannot be moved out of regular state-funded higher education programs and moved into auxiliary-sponsored programs like extended education where the state does not provide funding, students pay much more to take the classes, and the faculty get paid less to teach them.

According to state law, self-supporting courses shall not supplant regular course offerings available on a non-self-supporting basis during the regular academic year.

However, in December 2013, the California State Auditor’s Office released an audit of the policies, procedures, fee structures, revenues and reserve balances within the CSU Extended Education program and found it to be unclear whether supplanting of state-supported courses occurred.

The State Auditor’s Office recommended adding clarifying language to the Education Code, specifically a definition of the term “supplant” and a description of how the CSU should measure whether supplanting is occurring.

AB 2513 would have done just that, by providing a clarification of the term “supplant” and requiring annual measures by the CSU and CCC to ensure state-sponsored course offerings are not supplanted.

After substantial amendments, the contents of AB 2153 were moved into another bill, AB 2610, which was later held in the Senate Appropriations Committee without a vote.

AB 46 (Pan): Student data

Would have helped to ensure the CSU receives all student data collected by third-party private vendors involved in instruction. It also would have protected students and faculty members by not allowing private vendors to sell information on students or courses.

In January 2013, San Jose State and Udacity, a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) provider, made a Contract to develop a pilot program called San Jose State Plus, offering college credit to SJSU and non-SJSU students. The pilot was to study questions about online learning including MOOCs.

San Jose faculty created and taught the courses in collaboration with Udacity.

After the first semester of the pilot, the results were leaked and the public became aware of the dismal pass rate of all the students enrolled in the courses. A short time later, SJSU announced suspension of the program.

The Academic Senate, CSU requested student data from Udacity, since a condition of the contract was to provide ASCSU with access to information. Udacity hesitated, and it wasn’t until a public records request was filed that the ASCSU got any student data; however, the data provided by Udacity did not include all the information requested.

In light of this, AB 46 would have required the Trustees to make student academic information available, on paper and in electronic form, to the ASCSU on request.

Although this measure enjoyed strong bipartisan support, it was vetoed by the Governor.