Senate Bill (SB) 1359

SB 1359 Overview

A logical starting point for understanding what SB 1359 is about is a review of the Senate Bill 1359 (Block, 2016) Bill Language. While the language of the legislation may appear unambiguous, the how and what of its implementation have proved challenging. In order to address the identified issues, a short document (DRAFT SB 1359 Recommendations 2-23-20) and a resolution (DRAFT SB 1359 Resolution – February 21, 2020) were prepared for the Spring 2020 Academic Senate Plenary that was cancelled as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

California State University – SB 1359 Resources – This collection includes guidance from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

Lowering CCC Costs: No-Cost Designation Mandates and Low-Cost Designation Options – Senate Rostrum Article, October 2018

SB 1359 requires the “marking” of no cost sections – a requirement that is not only seen in California. Read Marking Open and Affordable Courses: Best Practices and Case Studies to learn more about this practice.

SB 1359 Implementation Survey Data and Related ASCCC Resolutions

The ASCCC initiated an annual survey in the fall term of 2018 in order to track the implementation of SB 1359. The findings of this survey have tracked the progress of the colleges as they progressed from focusing on the technical how of adding a no-cost marker to their online schedules to determining what criteria must be met for a course section to receive that designation and how to integrate this identification into into existing processes. Learn more about the ASCCC OERI’s SB 1359 Implementation Surveys – and related ASCCC positions.

SB 1359 PowerPoints and Webinars

Learn more about the implementation of SB 1359 by viewing our collection of SB 1359 PowerPoints and archived webinars.

SB 1359 Local Resource Samples

How are colleges implementing SB 1359? View our collection of SB 1359 Local Resource Samples to guide perfecting your implementation. Given the unresolved challenges of determining exactly what should be marked and the best approach for identifying qualifying sections, these samples are offered as approaches to consider – not as provide solutions.