Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 386, authored by Assembly member Marc Levine. This measure expands access and improves accountability for online education at the California State University (CSU).
“Online education is key to the future of California’s higher education system,” said Levine. “AB 386 simplifies the enrollment process for CSU students seeking to take online courses offered at other CSU campuses. I thank Governor Brown for his insight and leadership on this important issue.”
AB 386 directs CSU to integrate registration procedures at the twenty-three CSU campuses, allowing students to simultaneously enroll in courses at their home campus and online courses offered at other CSU campuses. The bill also measures student outcomes and provides key performance data on online education to the Legislature.
“CSU students applaud this important legislation making cross enrolling in online courses much easier,” said Bernadette Butkiewicz, Legislative Affairs Coordinator for Associated Students at Sonoma State. “Using technology to collaborate across campuses will make the CSU more efficient and decrease the time it takes for students to graduate.”
“While it is important to expand access to existing online courses, we must also measure the effectiveness of the learning experience we provide our students,” said Levine. “AB 386 takes a thoughtful approach to expanding access and measuring results moving forward.”