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Chapter 6. Curriculum And Instruction Subchapter 2. Approval By The Chancellor Article 4. Approval Of Colleges And Educational Centers Additional Criteria for Approval of Educational Centers   

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(a) In addition to satisfying the other requirements of this article, in order for a proposed center to be considered for state approval as an educational center after May 1, 2008, the needs assessment required by section 55182 must demonstrate that the proposed educational center meets at least one of the following criteria or those specified in subdivision (b):

(1) The proposed educational center will generate at least 500 full-time equivalent student (FTES) in the first full academic year of operation to be used for eligibility to become an educational center by replacing locations other than the main campus of an existing college that have generated at least 500 FTES as reported on the district's most recent final attendance reports.

(2) In service areas of proposed educational centers where locations other than an existing college are constrained by site limitations from providing the full range of instruction proposed for the educational center, as determined by standards set by the Chancellor, the proposed educational center must be able to generate at least 500 FTES in the first full academic year of operation that is used for eligibility to become an educational center based on both of the following:

(A) the total number of FTES currently reported for courses offered at locations other than the main campus of an existing college which reported FTES on the district's most recent final attendance report and are to be replaced by the proposed educational center; and

(B) the number of FTES the proposed educational center is projected to generate, based on a thorough analysis of current attendance practices, as a result of students residing in the proposed service area who currently attend courses offered at locations outside the proposed service area and would be expected to attend courses offered at the proposed educational center.

(b) If the service area of a proposed educational center has an exceptionally high rate of population growth, as determined by standards set by the Chancellor, the district may obtain conditional approval of the educational center by demonstrating that, by no later than the third consecutive full academic year of operation that is used for eligibility to become an educational center, the proposed center will be able to generate at least 500 FTES in a year. This conclusion must be based on a thorough analysis, which includes but is not limited to, a review of the facility development schedule, population trends and projected demand for the educational programs to be included in the proposed educational center. Once the district demonstrates that the educational center has generated at least 500 FTES as reported on the district's most recent final attendance report, then full state approval for the educational center may be granted.

Authority cited:

Education Code 66700

Education Code 70901

Reference:

Education Code 66700

(Added By Register 2008, No. 25.)