(a) This section shall be known, and may be cited, as the California Community College Baccalaureate Partnership Act. The California Community College Baccalaureate Partnership Program is hereby established for the following purposes:
(1) To encourage baccalaureate degree-granting institutions to partner with community colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs that will offer instruction entirely on the participating community college campus.
(2) To bring opportunities to earn baccalaureate degrees to areas with low college-going rates or limited access to baccalaureate degree-granting institutions.
(b) (1) The Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges is authorized to annually award up to two grants, not to exceed fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) each, to collaboratives formed for the purpose of offering baccalaureate degree programs on the participating community college campus or campuses. For the purposes of this section, a collaborative is composed of at least one community college and at least one baccalaureate degree-granting institution. Pursuant to this section, the institutions participating in a collaborative may share in a grant of up to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000).
(2) (A) Priority for the receipt of grant funds under this subdivision shall be given to applicant institutions that:
(i) Are located in areas of the state with the lowest college-going rates and the lowest rates of earning baccalaureate degrees.
(ii) Demonstrate that the baccalaureate degree programs offered by the applicant meet a documented labor market demand.
(iii) Identify the resources necessary to offer those programs.
(B) The funds granted under this subdivision are for one-time startup costs of the collaborative.
(3) The two grants authorized under this section may be awarded under this section in any fiscal year only to the extent that funding for this program is provided in the annual Budget Act. It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage community colleges and baccalaureate degree-granting institutions to use existing resources to establish degree-granting collaboratives within the meaning of this section even during fiscal years when this program is not funded.
(4) It is the intent of the Legislature that no collaborative effort funded under this section may be terminated abruptly, thus leaving its enrolled students without a way to earn a baccalaureate degree. As a condition of an agreement for the receipt of a grant under this section, a collaborative shall ensure that every student who enrolls in the baccalaureate degree program offered by the collaborative prior to an announcement of the termination of the collaborative has an opportunity to complete the coursework necessary to obtain a baccalaureate degree.
(c) On or before April 1, 2012, the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges shall submit a report to the Legislature and the Department of Finance on the efficacy of the program established by this section.
(d) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2014, and, as of January 1, 2015, is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that becomes operative on or before July 1, 2014, deletes or extends the dates on which it becomes inoperative and is repealed.
(Added by Stats. 2005, Ch. 515, Sec. 1.)