Trustee Emeritus and Former Foundation Director Honored
The Woodland Community College (WCC) Foundation hosted the seventh annual Founders Day Dinner Gala on Friday, March 15th. Honored at the dinner was Trustee Emeritus Xavier Tafoya and former YCCD Foundation Director, Phil Krebs.
Trustee Emeritus Tafoya spent 18 years, from December 2000 until September 2018, as a member of the Yuba Community College District (YCCD) Board of Trustees and was a vocal champion for YCCD student from all backgrounds. Xavier Tafoya continued his parents’ legacy as a City Councilman and community college trustee and continued to invest in his community by teaching at CSU Sacramento, within the Yuba Community College District, and at various elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Yolo County. Trustee Tafoya earned a reputation as an advocate for under-served populations, especially Latinos. Trustee Tafoya’s leadership contributions in the accreditation process resulted in WCC becoming the 110th community college in the state.
Mr. Phil Krebs was honored for his work as a former YCCD Foundation Director. Mr. Krebs began his journey at Yuba College in 1998 and retired in 2014 as the Executive Director, Foundation, Grants, and Development for YCCD. The WCC Foundation honored Mr. Krebs for his efforts in fostering the Woodland branch of the District Foundation and establishing its annual fundraising and recognition event, the annual Founders Day Dinner.
The WCC Foundation also established a scholarship in honor of a fallen local policy officer and WCC alumna, Natalie Corona. All proceeds from the seventh annual Founders Day Dinner will benefit this scholarship. The scholarship was formally announced and recognized at this event and members of the Corona family, local law enforcement officers, and representatives from the WCC Foundation stood in Ms. Corona’s honor and observed a moment of silence in her memory.
Partnership Resource Team Visits YCCD
On March 22nd the District engaged in the first of a series of visits from the Partnership Resource Team (PRT) regarding the proposal under the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) for planning and funding support to undertake a number of improvements in Human Resources. The proposed improvements include staffing planning, hiring processes, new employee onboarding, and performance management and evaluations.
The PRT team consisted of peer administrators from various colleges around the state. The team met with representatives from District Services and the colleges. Chief Human Resources Officer, Donald Grady, and Chief Technology Officer, Devin Crosby, are leading this effort with a goal of drafting a plan to address the various improvement projects. The PRT team will return in April to review the proposed plan and, after any modifications, the District will submit the plan for funding. Funding of up to $200,000 is available to support these types of improvement projects. The Colleges are using this same process to secure support funding to assist with Distance Education and Student Learning Outcome Assessment improvements.
AB 705 Regulations Passed by the Board of Governors
In an historic, roll-call vote, the Board of Governors unanimously passed the AB 705 Regulations at their March 18 2019 meeting. In October of 2017, the California legislature approved AB 705, and the Governor signed the bill into law. Over the past year, the Chancellor’s Office has been working with a variety of stakeholder groups to formulate regulatory changes in title 5 to reflect the inclusion of AB 705 as both curricular and assessment/placement elements. The purpose of the law included the following goals: improve the numbers of students who have direct access to transfer-level English and quantitative reasoning/mathematics; increase the numbers of students who complete transfer-level English and quantitative reasoning/mathematics and decrease the time English as a Second Language (ESL) learners will require to complete transfer-level English.
“Go-Live” for full implementation of AB 705 English quantitative reasoning/mathematics is Fall 2019. The Chancellor’s Office, statewide academic senate, 5C (CCC Curriculum Committee) and other partners across the state are deeply engaged with the colleges to provide technical assistance and professional development opportunities to support AB 705 implementation and evaluation.
#RealCollege Survey Report Released
The California Community College Chancellor’s Office in partnership with the HOPE Center at Temple University recently administered a system wide survey to assess whether or not students have adequate resources to address their basic needs. A total of 40,000 students across 57 California community colleges participated. The full research findings have been published in the California Community College #Real College Survey report. In a supplemental policy brief, the Chancellor’s Office, the HOPE Center and The Institute for College Access and Success have developed recommendations regarding actions that will support the basic needs of California community college students.
The report shows 50% of respondents were food insecure in the prior 30 days, 60% of respondents were housing insecure in the previous year, and 19% of respondents were homeless in the previous year. The report states that the rates of basic needs insecurity vary by region, and by institution, but the highest incidence of basic needs insecurity is found in the Northern Coastal, Northern Inland, and Greater Sacramento regions of California.
Find the complete report here: California Community College #Real College Survey
Chancellor and Guests Visit the National Training Center
Chancellor Houston and a group of YCCD Administrators, Governing Board members, and leaders from the California community college system visited the National Training Center in March. This is the second of a series of visits to the Army’s National Training Center (NTC), located at Fort Irwin.
The training center provides realistic joint and combined arms training for units prior to their deployment overseas. Part of the training center’s mission is to identify unit training deficiencies, provide feedback to improve the force and prepare for success of the future joint battlefield.
The recent visit to the NTC focused on concepts of interest to community college leaders and attendees prepared for the visit by conducting a Before Action Review (BAR) discussing specific questions based on the Harvard Business Review article titled “Learning in the Thick of It”. The attendees then had an opportunity to observe a mock battle and the subsequent After Action Review (AAR) process conducted by the NTC staff.
A third visit to the NTC is currently under development and is tentatively scheduled for sometime in late 2019.
The District Newsletter is intended to share updates from various participatory District-wide decision-making groups, Board Policies and Administrative Procedures, updates from Cabinet, District Services, Fiscal Services, Information Technology, M&O, and Human Resources. The April 2019 District Newsletter is available here: District Newsletter
WCC Performing Arts/Culinary Capital Project Advocacy
Chancellor Houston and Trustee Ortiz attended a meeting in March with Governor Newsom’s Senior Policy Advisor on Higher Education, Dr. Lande Ajose. The topic of discussion was the WCC Performing Arts/Culinary Capital Project to further advocate in hopes the Governor will support adding the building in the budget at the May Revision. According to her biography, Dr. Ajose is responsible for “developing and shaping the Governor’s higher education policy agenda, which is focused on protecting college affordability, preserving college access, and increasing system efficiency in order to meet the state’s need for a skilled and educated workforce.”
Additionally, the District has secured the support of Senator Dodd to champion this capital project effort and Chancellor Houston has contracted with retired Senator Richard Polanco for additional advocacy efforts in the Latino Caucus with the assistance of Assembly Member Aguiar-Curry’s office. The District continues to undertake an aggressive lobbying effort in order to secure funding for the WCC Performing Arts/Culinary Capital Project. Matching funding is confirmed through Measure J Bond approved by voters in 2006.
The project is the top priority for the “Complete Campus” category on the Board of Governors Capital Outlay plan because it enables the facilities to add much needed transfer and workforce development programs. Additionally, WCC student have prioritized absolute need for campus food services to address local student food insecurities as well as the desire to expand programs and services beyond general education course offerings.
Appointment of Assembly Select Committees
Assembly Speaker Rendon filled out committee assignments on a number of select committees in the Assembly. Among the committees of interest are the following:
Select Committee on Campus Climate:
Asms. Shirley Weber, Chair: Richard Blook; Wendy Carrillo, Todd Gloria; Sydney Kamlager-Dove; Tom Lackey; Marc Levine; Monique Limon; Eloise Reyes; Freddie Rodriguez.
Select Committee on Career Technical Education and Building a 21st Century Workforce:
Asms. Autumn Burke, Chair; Cecilia Aguiar-Curry; Sabrina Cervantes; Jordan Cunningham; Vince Fong; Eduardo Garcia; Mike Gipson; Kevin Kiley; Kevin McCarty; Patrick O’Donnell; Christy Smith.
Select Committee on the Master Plan for Higher Education in California:
Asms. Marc Berman, Chair; Autumn Burke; Phillip Chen; Brian Dahle; Susan Eggman; James Gallagher; Jacqui Irwin; Evan Low; Jose Medina; Shirley Weber.
Select Committee on Student Debt:
Asms. Cottie Petrie-Norris, Chair; Rebecca Bauer-Kahan; Sabrina Cervantes; David Chiu; Brian Dahle; Sydney Kamlager-Dove; Chad Mayes; Kevin McCarty; Sharon Quirk-Silva; Miguel Santiago; Mark Stone.
Bills of Interest
AB 2 (Santiago) – This bill was placed in the Assembly Appropriations suspense file. The bill would extend the California Community College Promise to allow districts to cover fees for all full-time students.
AB 15 (Nazarian) – This bill passed out of Assembly Higher Education and will go to Assembly Appropriations. The bill would establish the Children’s Savings Account Program, under the administration of the Scholarshare Board, for the purpose of expanding access to higher education through savings. Subject to available moneys in the fund, the bill would require the board to establish one or more Scholarshare 529 accounts, and at the end of each fiscal year, make a seed deposit of moneys from the fund into a Scholarshare 529 account established pursuant to the bill’s provisions in an amount determined by the board, designated and separately accounted for each California resident child born on or after January 1, 2020, who is a California resident at the time of birth, except for children whose parents or legal guardians have opted out.
AB 130 (Low) – This bill passed out of Assembly Higher Education and will go to Assembly Appropriations. The bill would establish the Higher Education Performance and Accountability Commission, composed of six public members with experience in postsecondary education.
AB 140 (Cervantes) – This bill was placed in the Assembly Appropriations suspense file. The bill would establish the California Kickstart My Future Loan Forgiveness Program, under the administration of the Student Aid Commission, to provide student loan forgiveness awards for the purpose of alleviating the burden of federal student loan debt for recent graduates meeting specified requirements. The bill would, subject to an available and sufficient appropriation, authorize an eligible applicant to receive a student loan forgiveness award equal to 100% of his or her monthly federal income-driven repayment plan payments for 24 months of repayment under the federal program.
AB 147 (Burke) – This bill passed out of the Senate and will go back to the Assembly for concurrence in Senate amendments. The bill would specify that a retailer engaged in business in this state includes any retailer that, in the preceding calendar year or the current calendar year, has a cumulative sales price from the sale of tangible personal property for delivery in this state that exceeds $500,000.
AB 239 (Salas) – This bill passed out of Assembly Appropriations and will go to the Assembly floor. The bill would extend operation of provisions until January 1, 2025 that authorizes a community college registered nursing program to use any diagnostic assessment tool that is commonly used in registered nursing programs and approved by the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges.
AB 249 (Choi) – This bill failed passage in Public Employment and Retirement. The bill would prohibit a public employer from deterring or discouraging a public employee or an applicant to be a public employee from opting out of becoming or remaining a member of an employee organization.
AB 253 (Stone) – This bill passed Assembly Higher Education and will go to Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection. The bill would repeal an obsolete reporting requirement regarding the collection, use, storage, and retention of social security numbers.
AB 302 (Berman) – This bill passed out of Assembly Higher Education and will go to Assembly Appropriations. The bill would require community college districts to allow homeless students in good standing to stay overnight in their cars in college parking lots.
AB 314 (Bonta) – This bill passed Assembly Public Employees and Retirement and will go to Assembly Appropriations. The bill would expand and uniformly apply time-off without loss of compensation to public employees to engage in specified activities related to employer-employee relations.
AB 365 (Santiago) – This bill passed Assembly Higher Education and will go to Assembly Appropriations. The bill would authorize a best value facilities pilot project for the Los Angeles Community College District.
AB 381 (Reyes) – This bill passed out of Assembly Appropriations and will go to the Assembly floor. The bill would add domestic violence centers to the existing on-campus and community-based organizations with which governing boards should enter into memoranda of understanding, agreements, or collaborative partnerships, to the extent feasible. This bill would provide that the outreach programming required by this provision would include informing students about specified topics relating to intimate partner and dating violence, and would specify that incoming graduate, international and transfer students be included in the definition of incoming students for the purposes of who is provided outreach programming.
AB 462 (Rodriguez) – This bill passed out of Assembly Public Employment and Retirement and will go to Assembly Appropriations. The bill would provide that all sick leave acquired by a school member from all employers subject to PERL within 4 months of separation may be credited as service credit when specified conditions are met. The bill would also make a nonsubstantive change to the provision authorizing a member to designate an entity as a beneficiary.
AB 463 (Cervantes) – This bill passed the Assembly Higher Education Committee and will go to Assembly Appropriations. The bill would require the chancellor’s office to develop and provide to community college districts specified materials designed to increase awareness of the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program among community college faculty members. The bill would require the governing board of a community college district to annually provide the materials to those faculty members.
AB 500 (Gonzalez) – The bill passed out of Assembly Higher Education and will go to Assembly Education. The bill would require that community college provide at least six weeks of full pay for pregnancy-related leave of absence taken by academic and classified employees.
AB 505 (Patterson) – This bill was referred to the Assembly Appropriations suspense file. The bill would require an institution of higher education, as a condition of its participation in the Cal Grant Program, to implement a financial aid book advance program that would provide a line of credit for the purchase of books and educational materials at bookstores owned by or located on the campus of the institution to each student who is owed a credit balance for certain financial aid awards and who has not opted out of the program.
AB 595 (Medina) – This bill passed out of Assembly Higher Education and will go to the Assembly floor. The bill would authorize a student enrolled in a community college class or classes pursuant to an apprenticeship training program or an internship training program, as defined, who does not have a social security number to use an individual tax identification number for purposes of any background check required by the class or program.
AB 695 (Medina) – This bill passed out of Assembly Higher Education and will go to Assembly Appropriations. The bill pushes out the sunset date on the community college Design-Build statute by 10 years, until 2030.
AB 700 (Friedman) – This bill would exempt from disclosure the personal telephone numbers of public postsecondary educational institution faculty members and records relating to the physical location of faculty members, including calendars, appointment logs, and home addresses.
AB 706 (Low) – This bill passed out of Assembly Higher Education and will go to Assembly Appropriations. This bill would eliminate limits on the time during which an employee of one school year or more is entitled to transfer the employee’s accrued leave.
AB 710 (Cervantes) – This is a spot bill that would make nonsubstantive changes in a provision that, for purposes of the Donahoe Higher Education Act, designates the segments of public postsecondary education as the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California, as specified, and defines independent institutions of higher education for these purposes.
AB 720 (Muratsuchi) – This is a bill was amended to provide that instruction by community college districts under instructional service agreements with public safety agencies would be funded under the apportionment formula used for instruction in career development and college preparation. The bill was previously a spot bill that dealt with an unrelated issue.
AB 769 (Holden) – This bill would require a licensee, via a written correspondence or email once a year. to provide free of charge a description of the terms and conditions under which a borrower may obtain full or partial forgiveness or discharge of principal and interest, defer repayment of principal or interest, or be granted forbearance on a federal loan, including various information about the types of loans that can be forgiven or discharged and the impact of consolidation.
AB 806 (Bloom) – This bill passed Assembly Higher Education and will go to Assembly Appropriations. The bill would add former homeless youth to the students to be granted, or requested to be granted, priority enrollment. This bill would add former homeless youth to the students with whom a Homeless and Foster Student Liaison works. This bill would add former homeless youth to those served by the specified financial aid programs. This bill would add persons who are, at the time of enrollment, former homeless youth to those eligible for an enrollment fee waiver.
AB 809 (Santiago) – This bill passed Assembly Higher Education and will go to Assembly Appropriations. This bill would require postsecondary institutions to post on each institution’s internet website, and to provide to an expectant parent through on-campus health clinics, notification of protections under Title IX for pregnant students and parenting students. This bill would encourage child development programs established by the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California, to give specified priority to children of students who are unmarried and meeting specified income requirements.
AB 843 (Rodriguez) – This bill passed Assembly Higher Education and will go to Assembly Appropriations. This bill would repeal the loan assumption benefits that rely on API rankings, and instead provide additional loan assumption benefits of an unspecified amount to a person who holds credential appropriate for teaching, and who teaches, mathematics, science, special education, or career technical education in a school district that is determined to be in need of differentiated assistance. The bill would express the intent of the Legislature to restore the funding for the Assumption Program of Loans for Education to its 2011-12 fiscal year level. The bill would require the commission to award 7,200 new warrants for the assumption of loans under the program in the 2019-20 fiscal year. The bill would appropriate $5,000,000 from the General Fund to the commission for the funding of warrants for the assumption of loans under the program for the 2019-20 fiscal year.
AB 862 (Kiley) – This bill was amended to, notwithstanding any law, prohibit the Department of Consumer Affairs or a board under the department’s jurisdiction from revoking or suspending a license because the licensee is delinquent, or has defaulted, on a student loan.
AB 863 (Cervantes) – This bill would prohibit the Student Aid Commission or an institution of higher education from performing a verification to establish eligibility for state financial aid on a student more than once, unless there is a break in attendance of more than one year by the student or the student transfers institutions, in which circumstance an additional verification would be authorized. This bill would, however, authorize the Student Aid Commission through an institution, or an institution internally, to verify student enrollment and grade point average for the purpose of verifying student eligibility under existing state financial aid eligibility requirements.
AB 897 (Medina) – This bill passed Assembly Higher Education and will go to Assembly Appropriations. The bill would require that negotiations on reemployment preference for part-time, temporary faculty assignments be based on minimum standards not exceeding 80% to 85% and would prohibit the district from restricting the terms of the negotiated agreement to less than that range, unless explicitly agreed upon by an individual part-time, temporary faculty member and the district. This bill would require the community college to commence the negotiation of these terms no later than the expiration of any negotiated agreement in effect on January 1, 2020, and for any community college that does not have a collective bargaining agreement in effect as of January 1, 2020, upon the effective date of the bill. The bill would make conforming changes and repeal obsolete provisions. The bill would also change the maximum time a part-time, temporary employee may teach, without becoming a contract employee, to 85% of the hours per week of a full-time employee having comparable duties.
AB 943 (Chiu) – This bill passed out of Assembly Higher Education and will go to Assembly Appropriations. The bill would authorize the use of funding for student equity plans, up to $25,000 of apportionment funds per campus, or both, for the provision of emergency student financial assistance to eligible students to overcome unforeseen financial challenges that would directly impact a student’s ability to persist in the student’s course of study if emergency student financial assistance is included in an institution’s plan for interventions to students.
AB 1051 (Smith) – This bill passed out of Assembly Higher Education and will go to Assembly Appropriations. This bill would authorize the employment of a temporary faculty member serving as full-time clinical nursing faculty or as part-time clinical nursing faculty by any one community college district for up to 4 semesters of 6 quarters indefinitely. The bill would also require each community college district that employs these faculty members to report the specified information on or before June 30 of each year, and would require the chancellor’s office to report its information on or before September 30 each year.
AB 1090 (Medina) – This bill passed Assembly Higher Education and will go to Assembly Appropriations. This bill would require community colleges and CSUs to excuse any mandatory campus-based fees for those surviving spouses and children of a deceased person who was a resident of the state and employed by or contracting with a public agency, whose principal duties consisted of active law enforcement service or active fire suppression and prevention, and who died as a result of their duties.
AB 1150 (Gloria) – This bill passed Assembly Higher Education and will go to Assembly Elections and Redistricting. The bill would require a candidate for election as a member of the governing board of each of these district to comply with the procedural and substantive requirements for filing nomination papers that apply in municipal elections, as specified, and would prohibit a candidate from filing nominations papers for more than one governing board position for the same governing board in the same election.
AB 1302 (Weber) – This is a spot bill that would make nonsubstantive changes to provisions of law that requires that any election held for the purpose of electing governing board members of a school district or community college be held and conducted in accordance with uniform procedures.
AB 1308 (Cunningham)- This bill would allow a qualified student to taste an alcoholic beverage and exempts the student and the qualified academic institution in which the student is enrolled from criminal prosecution if the qualified academic institution has established an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree program in hotel management or culinary arts.
AB 1313 (Rivas) – This bill would prohibit a school from refusing to provide a transcript for a current or former student on the grounds that the student owes a debt, conditioning the provision of a transcript on the payment of a debt, charging a higher fee for obtaining a transcript, providing less favorable treatment of a transcript request because a student owes a debt, or using a transcript issuance as a tool for debt collection.
AB 1314 (Medina) – This bill would express legislative findings and declarations relating to the state’s student financial aid system. The bill would also express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation, to be known as the Cal Grant Reform Act, to accomplish specified goals.
AB 1318 (Mullin) – This bill would specify that the acquisition of real property for intended use as school district employee housing is a permissible capital outlay expenditure for purposes of those provisions. This bill would also revise the state policy created by the act by permitting school districts and developers in receipt of local or state funds or tax credits, as described above, to restrict occupancy to teachers and school district employees on land owned by the state, a city, a county, or a school district or a community college district and designated for occupancy by teachers and school district employees.
AB 1358 (Melendez) – This is a spot bill that would make a nonsubstantive change to the provision that establishes the Cal Grant Program.
AB 1466 (Irwin) – This is a spot bill that would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would better use data-informed decision making in pursuit of the state’s educational goals for its students, including by establishing a state longitudinal education data system.
AB 1504 (Medina) – This bill passed Assembly Higher Education and will go to Assembly Appropriations. This bill would require the officials at a community college, if a student body has been established at the college, to collect a student representation fee of $2 at the time of registration and would eliminate the authorization for a student election to terminate the fee. This bill would require that $1 of that $2 fee be expended to establish and support the operation of a statewide community college organization for all student representation fees collected, rather than only for those fees adopted on or after January 1, 2014. The bill was previously a spot bill.
AB 1512 (Carillo) – This bill would require the office of the chancellor, in collaboration with the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, to develop a policy relating to awarding academic credit for a score of 4 or more on an International Baccalaureate subject examination.
AB 1518 (Chu) – This bill would authorize a student athlete to enter into a contract with an athlete agent without losing their status as a student athlete, if the contract complies with the policy of the student athlete’s educational institution and the bylaws of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The bill would authorize an athlete agent or their representative to offer or provide money or any other thing of benefit or value to a student athlete if it is authorized and complies with the policy of the student athlete’s educational institution and the bylaws of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
AB 1571 (Kiley) – This bill would require a campus of the California Community Colleges or the California State University, and would request a campus of the University of California, to make and disseminate a free speech statement that affirms the importance of, and the campus’s commitment to promoting, freedom of expression.
AB 1620 (Santiago) – This is a spot bill that would make nonsubstantive changes in a provision of the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act.
AB 1643 (Garcia) – This is a spot bill that would state the intent of the legislature to enact legislation relating to career technical education in the Inland Empire.
AB 1645 (Rubio) – This bill passed Assembly Higher Education and will go to Assembly Appropriations. This bill would, commencing with the 2020-21 academic year, require the California Community Colleges and the California State University, and request the University of California, to designate a Dreamer Resource Liaison on each of their respective campuses to assist students meeting specified requirements, including undocumented students, by streamlining access to all available financial aid, social services, state-funded immigration legal services, internships, externships, and academic opportunities for those students.
AB 1689 (McCarty) – This bill would require the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, subject to appropriation by the Legislature, to create a grant program for public community colleges, colleges, and universities for the purpose of improving access to mental health services on those campuses. The bill would require campuses that have been awarded grants under these provisions to report annually on the use of those grant funds and to post that information on their internet websites.
AB 1703 (Bloom) – This bill would make nonsubstantive changes in this authorization of, and the request directed to, the California Community Colleges to make specified disclosures related to private student loans in financial aid material and private loan applications provided or made available by the institution, to distinguish private loans from federal loans in individual financial aid awards.
AB 1727 (Weber) – This bill would authorize attendance for noncredit managed enrollment career development and college preparation courses to be done via census date rather than positive attendance.
AB 1729 (Smith) – This bill would exempt from the 5% limitation pupils who are enrolled in community college dual enrollment courses, and would explicitly provide that the 5% limitation applies to pupils enrolled in physical education courses at the community college.
AB 1741 (Medina) – This is a spot bill that would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to encourage the construction of housing at or near postsecondary educational institutions.
AB 1792 (Salas) – This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact future legislation relating to college and career readiness pupil testing.
ACR 14 (Limon) – This concurrent resolution passed the Senate and has gone to enrollment. The measure recognizes the week of March 17, 2019, to March 23, 2019, inclusive, as Dual Enrollment Week in California and would encourage colleges and universities to visit high schools and take action to help pupils register in dual enrollment courses.
ACR 31 (Limon) – This concurrent resolution passed out of Assembly Higher Education and will go to the Assembly floor. The measure would recognize April 2019 as California Community College Month.
SB 2 (Glazer) – This bill passed out of Senate Education and will go to Senate Appropriations. The bill would require the California Postsecondary Education Commission to convene a review committee for purposes of advising the commission on the establishment, implementation, funding, and ongoing administration of the database.
SB 3 (Allen) – This bill passed Senate Education and will go to Senate Government Organization Committee. The bill would establish the Office of Higher Education Coordination, Accountability, and Performance. The bill would give the office specified functions and responsibilities for purposes of statewide postsecondary education planning, oversight, data collection, and coordination.
SB 296 (Allen) – This bill passed out of Senate Education and will go to Senate Appropriations. The bill would provide eligibility for a Cal Grant to a noncitizen who has filed a designated application for asylum, has a valid employment authorization document and social security number, and has signed an affidavit.
SB 374 (Glazer) – This bill would require that a CalWORKs eligible individual participating in an educational activity full time and making satisfactory progress receive a standard allowance of $500. The bill would authorize a participant to opt out of the standard allowance at any time, to make a reimbursement claim for the actual costs of books and supplies, and to submit this claim to the county. The bill would require that an applicant or recipient who is enrolled full time in a specified plan or program and making satisfactory progress be deemed to be meeting the hourly participation requirements and be entitled to the allowance or reimbursement and other necessary supportive services. The bill would provide that a recipient who is enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution and making satisfactory progress that would meaningfully increase the likelihood of their employment is entitled to an extension of the 24-moth cumulative participation period, as specified. The bill would define “full time” and “making satisfactory progress” for purposes of these provisions and would require that these allowances be adjusted annually for inflation.
SB 383 (Committee on Education) – This is a spot bill that would make a nonsubstantive change in a provision that defines the segments of postsecondary education.
SB 390 (Umberg) – This bill would require school security officers and security guards for school districts and community college districts to complete a training course regardless of the number of hours worked per week and to complete the training course annually. The bill would require, by January 1, 2021, the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, in consultation with the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), to update the training to reflect current school district and community college district security standards.
SB 461 (Roth) – This bill passed Senate Education and will go to Senate Appropriations. This bill would, except for students who have transferred to a 4-year higher education institution from a community college, make students who are eligible to receive a Cal Grant A award or a Cal Grant B award eligible to receive a Summer Cal Grant award, in addition to receiving a Cal Grant A award or Cal Grant B award, for a total of 2 summer terms of up to 9 units of enrollment, or the quarter equivalent, per term for purposes of pursing timely completion of a baccalaureate degree at a public postsecondary educational institution. The bill would make those students who have transferred to a 4-year qualifying institution from a community college and who are eligible to receive a Cal Grant A award or Cal Grant B award eligible to receive a Summer Cal Grant award, in addition to receiving a Cal Grant A award or a Cal Grant B award, for one summer term of up to 9 units of enrollment, or the quarter equivalent. The bill would provide that Summer Cal Grant awards shall not be subject to or count against the 4 years of full-time attendance eligibility limitation that applies for purposes of Cal Grant A and Cal Grant B award renewals.
SB 462 (Stern) – This bill would require the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges, working in collaboration with the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, to establish a model curriculum for a forestland restoration workforce program that could be offered at campuses of the California Community Colleges. The bill would require the chancellor’s office to distribute the model curriculum to community college district no later than January 1, 2021, with the goal of enabling interested community college districts to offer the course to students beginning with the 2021-22 academic year. The bill would also provide that certified graduates of the forestland restoration workforce course would be eligible to matriculate into the prescribed fire teams of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection or into work with other compatible state and federal forest restoration efforts and related apprenticeship programs, as specified. The bill would require the chancellor’s office, working in collaboration with the California Science Consortium, to provide community college districts interested in offering the forestland restoration workforce course with information about fire advisors from the consortium who are qualified, willing, and available to be course instructors or to consult with those instructors.
SB 484 (Portantino) – This bill passed Senate Education and will go to Senate Appropriations. This bill would require the governing board of each community college district to direct the appropriate officials at their respective campuses to (1) identify those students who have completed an associate degree for transfer, (2) notify those students of their completion of the degree requirements, (3) automatically award those students the degree, and (4) add those students to an identification system at the end of each academic year that the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges shall maintain and that can be accessed electronically by the California State University and University of California. The bill would authorize a student to affirmatively exercise an option to not receive an associate degree for transfer or to not be included in the identification system.
SB 554 (Roth) – This bill passed out of Senate Education and will go to Senate Appropriations. This bill would authorize the governing board of a school district and the governing board of a community college district to authorize adult school pupils who are pursuing a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate to enroll as special part-time students, and receive credit in one or more community college courses during any session or term. If either governing board denies an eligible pupil’s request for special part-time enrollment, the bill would require the governing board to issue, at its next regular board meeting, its written recommendation and the reasons for the denial.
SB 563 (Roth) – This bill passed out of Senate Education and will go to Senate Appropriations. This bill would establish the College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) pilot program, to be administered by the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, to develop solutions to reduce barriers and enhance participation of school districts in CCAP partnerships. The bill would require the chancellor’s office, on or before July 1, 2020, to competitively select 3 community colleges, with one each located in northern, southern, and central California, and up to a total of 15 high schools located within the service area of those selected community colleges, with at least 3 and no more than 5 selected high schools located in each selected community college service area, to participate in the pilot program.
SB 568 (Portantino) – This bill would establish the College-Focused Rapid Rehousing Program which would provide housing options for homeless students and would provide services to support homeless students in transitioning to stable housing and remaining enrolled in college, contingent upon the enactment of an appropriation of state funds for this purpose, to be implemented by the public segments of higher education if they choose to participate in the program. This bill would provide that funding is to be allocated to the participating segments based on the proportionate enrollment in each semester. Under the program, participating campuses would implement the specified program requirements with the funding provided to a participating campus based on the segmental systemwide offices’ determinations of need at each campus in their system. The bill would establish specific eligibility requirements for participating campuses and students. The bill would specify the total amount of any funding provided that may be used for administrative costs by the systemwide offices and by the campuses.
SB 586 (Roth) – This bill passed out of Senate Education and will go to the Senate floor. The bill would require the governing board of a school district and the governing board of a community college district or the governing body of a charter school providing career technical education pathways under a CCAP partnership to, as part of the partnership agreement, consult with the appropriate local workforce development board to align the pathways with the state’s current and future employment needs.
SB 660 (Pan) – This bill would require the Trustees of the California State University and the governing board of each community college district to have one full-time equivalent mental health counselor with an applicable California license per 1,500 students enrolled at each of their respective campuses to the extent consistent with state and federal law. The bill would define mental health counselor for purposes of this provision.
8 – CCLC Veterans Caucus call (regarding Joint Caucus meeting at annual Trustee Conference)
9 – Chancellor’s Cabinet
10 – District Management Council (DMC) Professional Development Session
11 – Board Retreat (Yuba County Government Center)
11 – YC Solar Ribbon Cutting (Yuba College)
11 – Reception for newly-tenured Yuba College Faculty (Yuba College)
11 – Regular Meeting of the Governing Board (Yuba College)
12 – Tentative Vacation Day
13 – YC Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner
15 – WCC Presidential Search Committee Meeting
15 – Meeting with Trustee Teagarden
16 – Chancellor’s Cabinet
17 – “Coffee with the Chancellor” at LCC
17 – Meeting with Trustee Savarese (LCC)
18 – District, Colleges, Academic Senates (DCAS) Leadership meeting
18 – “Coffee with the Chancellor” at WCC
19 – Tentative Vacation Day
22 – North/Far-North EWD Consortium Coordinating Council Call
22 – Meeting with Trustee Alves
23 – Chancellor’s Cabinet
23 – Meeting with Trustee Teagarden
23 – ACCCA Commission on Finance and Legislative Advocacy monthly call
24 – Record ACCT “In the Know” podcast
24 – “Coffee with the Chancellor” at YC
26 – IEPI Follow-up Team Visit
29 & 30 – WCC Presidential Search Committee – Interviews
30 – District Consultation Council (DC3) Meeting