Sponsor: Assemblymember Das Williams (D)
Summary: Current version (8/4/2014): Requires each campus or other unit of a private postsecondary educational institution that receives public funding through state or federal financial aid programs, is institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and offers education and training programs to California students to make final institutional accreditation documents available to the public via the institution’s Internet Web site.
Defines “institutional accreditation documents” as the institution’s institutional accreditation visiting team reports and the institutional accreditation agency action letters following an accreditation agency’s action relating to an initial accreditation, reaffirmation, comprehensive review, special visit, or any sanction or adverse action taken against an affiliated institution.
Defines “segment of postsecondary education” as the California Community Colleges, the California State University, the University of California, the independent institutions of higher education or the private postsecondary educational institutions.
Current version (8/4/2014): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2201-2250/ab_2247_bill_20140804_amended_sen_v95.pdf
Amendment #3 (6/26/2014): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2201-2250/ab_2247_bill_20140626_amended_sen_v96.pdf
Amendment #2 (6/11/2014): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2201-2250/ab_2247_bill_20140611_amended_sen_v97.pdf
Amendment #1 (4/24/2014): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2201-2250/ab_2247_bill_20140424_amended_asm_v98.pdf
Introduced version: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2201-2250/ab_2247_bill_20140221_introduced.pdf
Status: Introduced 2/21/2014. Referred to Assembly Committee on Higher Education 3/6/2014. Hearing held, reported 4/22/2014. Amended, re-referred to Committee on Appropriations 4/24/2014. Amended 5/1/2014. Hearing held, reported 5/7/2014. Passed Assembly; Received in Senate 5/15/2014. Referred to Senate Education Committee 6/9/2014. Amended 6/11/2014. Hearing held, reported; re-referred to Committee on Appropriations 6/18/2014. Amended 6/26/2014. Hearing canceled, amended 8/4/2014.
Outlook: This measure was withdrawn from the hearing agenda by the sponsor, amended and re-referred to the Senate Committee on Appropriations. The author's amendment revises the definition of institutional accreditation documents. No time frame for consideration has been made available by the committee.
After allowing for public testimony, the Senate Committee on Education recommended this measure for passage unanimously. This measure will next be referred to the Senate Committee on Appropriations for consideration. As this measure contains fiscal provisions it must be approved by the Appropriations Committee before it may be considered by the full chamber.
The Assembly adopted this measure by a 78-0 vote.
The sponsor is a member of the majority party. Democrats control both chambers of the Legislature as well as the office of the Governor.
Effective Date: Upon approval by the Governor.
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