AB 2973 –Annual Higher Education Omnibus Bill That Makes Technical Changes To Existing Law

CATEGORY: Public Education Matters
CLIENT TYPE: Public Education
DATE: Oct 28, 2022

This bill provides that California Community Colleges may offer instruction beyond the second year of college as authorized by law, revises the mission of the community colleges to include the provision of instruction and additional learning supports to close learning gaps for those in need of it, and includes the provision of student support services to facilitate academic success and achievement. This bill also changes the term “remedial” to “pretransfer” and the term “basic skills” to “foundational skills” and makes nonsubstantive and conforming changes to these provisions.

Includes the Colonel John M. McHugh Tuition Fairness for Survivors Act of 2021 in the list of specified categories of beneficiaries under the federal GI Bill, thus exempting a student enrolled at a campus of the California Community College or the California State University from paying nonresident tuition or any other fee that exclusively applies to nonresident students.

This bill amends existing law to include “California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt” and “California State Polytechnic University, Pomona” in the list of names of various campuses of the California State University that are the property of the state.

Existing law requires the Trustees of the California State University to ensure that a change in the criteria for admission to a campus of the university complies with specified community notice and consultation requirements. Existing law requires that these community notice and consultation requirements apply to determinations regarding the impaction of majors.

This bill provides a change in the criteria for admission that requires community notice and consultation determinations regarding establishing or modifying admission criteria for impacted majors. The bill authorizes a decision to discontinue additional admission criteria for an impacted program or campus to be implemented without following the community notice and consultation requirements, provided that the decision is published on the campus internet website, distributed to community officials and local high schools, and submitted to the Chancellor of the California State University for approval.

Delays, from March 1 each year to July 1 each year, the date that the California Community College Chancellor’s Office must provide a specified nursing report to the Legislature and Governor.

(AB 2973 amends Sections 66010.4, 66746, 68075.7, 76004, 76300, 78220, 78222, 78261, 84757, 84916, 88920, 89005.5, and 89030.5 of the Education Code.)

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