Previously Sponsored and Supported Bills

2017 Legislation

AB 705: Ensuring Assessment Equity at Community Colleges

Author: Assemblymember Irwin
Status: Signed by Governor
Campaign Position: Sponsor

Placement is destiny. A single test should not determine a student’s destiny. Yet, each year over 75% of students learn that they have assessed as not college ready and must enroll in at least one remedial course.  Among community college students placed into remediation, only 4 in 10 will go on to complete a degree, certificate, or transfer in six years compared to 70% success rates for students allowed to enroll directly into college level courses.

AB 705 will help more students have access to college-level courses when they first enter a community college and ensure they succeed in completing a degree, certificate or transfer. Specifically, this bill requires colleges to use high school performance in the placement of students into math and English courses, in order to maximize the probability that the student will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and mathematics within a one-year timeframe.

AB 705 Fact Sheet


Press Release – Gov. Brown Signs AB 705

AB 705 Quote Sheet

AB 847: Academic senates: membership

Author: Assemblymember Bocanegra
Status: Held by Author in Senate Education Committee
Campaign Position: Sponsor

Diverse faculty and leadership at California’s public colleges and universities is critical to understanding and therefore meeting the needs of our increasingly diverse student body. Having a clear picture of the diversity in leadership, or lack thereof, across our systems is the first step in ensuring that leadership is reflective and responsive to the students it serves. Although data on the diversity of faculty and college presidents is readily available, little information is available on the diversity of members of faculty academic senates who have substantial influence over curriculum development, admission policies, state policy implementation and faculty hiring.

AB 847 will help provide a more complete picture of leadership diversity at colleges and universities by ensuring access to information on the representation of academic senates.

AB 847 Fact Sheet

SB 539: The Community College Student Achievement Program

Author: Senators de León and Portantino
Status: Included in 2017-18 State Budget
Campaign Position: Support

Community colleges are the gateway to opportunity for the majority of students across the state and a critical piece in the state’s ability to meet its projected workforce gap. Yet, most community colleges aren’t designed for students and as a result, less than half will complete a degree or transfer within six years. SB 539 removes barriers to student success by creating clearer, more structured pathways known as “guided pathways.” The guided pathways model is a comprehensive redesign of the way community colleges serve students, from initial contact to completion, that when done well, can dramatically improve student outcomes.

SB 539 also recognizes the importance of financial aid to a student’s ability to stay on track and take the necessary units to complete a degree, certificate or transfer and establishes the Community College Completion Incentive Grant. This grant will provide an additional $4,000 in financial aid to community colleges students receiving the existing Full-Time Student Success Grant, if they complete 15 units.

AB 204: Community colleges: waiver of enrollment fees 

Author: Assemblymember Medina
Status: Held in Senate Appropriations
Campaign Position: Support

AB 204 improves the appeals process for California Community College students who lose their Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver under new academic qualification standards.

AB 394: California State University: assessment and course placement of admitted students

Author: Assemblymember Medina
Status: Included in 2017-18 State Budget
Campaign Position: Support

AB 394 will help more students successfully complete and reduce time-to-degree by requiring the California State University to implement additional measures for the assessment and course placement of students.