Five House Bills That Will Impact California Community Colleges – The American River Current


AB 245 and other assembly bills will impact California community colleges

Governor Gavin Newsom signs an Executive Order on Advances in Workforce Automation on International Workers’ Day at American River College on May 1, 2019. A number of bills have recently been passed adopted in 2021 that directly affect community colleges. (File photo)

Many assembly bills are passed each year, but not all of them necessarily matter to students, faculty, or staff. Here is a list of five assembly bills that will have a big effect on California community colleges. These invoices affect students, staff and even classified employees.

AB 245

AB 245 requires all colleges in California (University of California, State of California, and community colleges) to update alumni records to reflect a legal name or sex change if the institution presents government-issued documentation of the student indicating that such a change has taken place. The bill specifies that institutions will not charge any fees for correcting, updating or republishing scholarly documents on the basis of a legal name or gender change and that students will only need to an identity card to prove the change. Governor Gavin Newsom promulgated AB 245 on October 6.

AB 438

AB 438 requires that permanent classified employees whose services are not required due to lack of funds or work be given notice or the possibility of a hearing. It also requires at least 60 days’ notice before the layoff date if a classified position is eliminated. The bill would provide classified employees with the same rights of notice and termination hearings as certified employees of school districts. Governor Gavin Newsom approved AB 438 on October 8.

AB 928

AB 928 expresses the intention of the legislature to pass legislation relating to a student-centered transfer process. The bill will also allow community colleges to use funds allocated under the Budget Act of 2021 or subsequent budget laws to support the continued implementation of the California Community College Guided Pathways Grant Program to implement the bill. . Governor Gavin Newsom approved AB 928 on October 6.

AB 1111

AB 1111 requires California community colleges to adopt a common course numbering system for all compulsory general education and transfer courses by July 1, 2024. Common course numbering should be the same across all colleges California communities. The bill imposes a state-mandated local program. This bill was approved by Governor Gavin Newsom on October 6.

AB 928

AB 928 requires the intersegmental committee of the Academic Senate of the University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges to establish a single lower division general education pathway that meets academic transfer requirements by May 31 2023. The singular division educational path must be the only lower division path used to determine eligibility and will not lengthen the time to graduation or include more units than necessary. AB 928 was approved by Governor Gavin Newsom on October 6.


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