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California A.B. 1590 - Governance & State Oversight (Data Collection)


Sponsor: Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D)

Summary: Amends the date the Student Aid Commission needs to certify a qualifying institution's latest three-year cohort default rate and graduation rate to November 1. Defines the graduation rate of a qualifying institution to be the percentage of full-time, first-time degree or certificate-seeking undergraduate students who graduate in 150% or less of the expected time to complete the degree requirements as most recently reported by the United States Department of Education.

Amends the definition of "qualifying institutions" to mean an institution that is a California private or independent postsecondary educational institution that participates in the Pell Grant Program and Stafford Loan programs.

Status: Introduced 2/3/2014. Referred to Assembly Committee on Higher Education 2/14/2014. Hearing scheduled 3/18/2014.

Outlook: The committee will accept public testimony during the March 18 hearing. Written testimony should be submitted in advance of the hearing. Generally, measures are acted upon during their public hearings if they are considered by the committee. Action will be taken at the discretion of the chairman.

The Senate Committee on Judiciary is chaired by Assembly Member Das Williams (D). The sponsor is not a member of the committee of referral. Committees are not required to consider every measure referred to them. Per Joint Rule 61 (b)(6), the committee has by May 9 to act on this measure.

By rule, this measure cannot be heard in committee until March 6, or 30 days have passed since its introduction. The sponsor is a member of the majority party but has not garnered the support of any cosponsors. The Democratic Party controls both legislative chambers as well as the Office of Governor.

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