(a).  The public has the right to access publicly owned post-secondary knowledge online at no cost.  The public has the right to access publicly owned accredited degree programs online at cost.

(b).  To further the public’s right to access post-secondary knowledge, to further the public’s right to access accredited degree programs, and to minimize the cost of such access, the Regents of the University of California (Regents) shall establish—with its own president, budget, academic senate, and endowment—a separate online university of all University of California (UC) courses, programs, and digital libraries to be known as the University of California Online (UCO). UCO will be comprised of two divisions.

(c).  To provide access to post-secondary knowledge, the Regents shall establish UCO Division I. Division I will allow the public to audit all UCO courses, programs, and digital libraries at no cost. Division I will, also, allow the public to further interact with and ask questions of professors at cost.  

(d).  To provide access to fully accredited degree programs, the Regents shall establish UCO Division II.  Division II enrollment shall be open to all.  All courses shall be accessible.  Students may complete courses at their own pace.

(e).  To ensure that the taxpayer is not impacted and UCO is fiscally sustainable, Division II shall have tuition.  Tuition shall be set to cover all costs of both divisions.  Tuition shall vary from course to course.  After reflecting macro costs on a prorated basis, specific course tuition shall be based on the costs to create, deliver, and teach that course.  UCO may pass on legitimate costs to students.  To minimize the cost of student access, tuition shall not exceed costs.  Individual course tuition shall include books. 

(f).  So the public may, also, access courses and programs only available in the California State University (CSU) and the California Community Colleges (CCC) systems through UCO, the Regents, the California State University Board of Trustees (Trustees), and the California Community Colleges Board of Governors (Governors) shall incorporate such courses and programs into UCO.

(g).  So UC students can finish their degrees through UCO and UCO students can possibly finish their degrees through UC, the Regents shall ensure UCO Division II course curriculum is at least as rigorous as UC’s, fully accredited, and fungible with UC.  So that CSU and CCC students can finish their CSU and CCC degrees through UCO the Trustees and the Governors shall ensure that Division II course credit is accepted as fully accredited course credit.

(h).  To reduce the cost of books, the Regents shall encourage – but not require – the use of low cost open source books and shall establish a nonprofit book co-op for all UC, UCO, CSU, and CCC course books.

(i).  So that UCO can properly teach courses with labs or courses that require the student to be physically present in an academic setting, the UCO President may certify and contract with other entities, local to the student.  So that UCO can properly proctor tests, the UCO President may certify and contract with other entities local to the student.  Students (Division I or II) will be responsible for any such variable costs.

(j).  To facilitate the creation of UCO, the Regents shall appoint the University of California Online President (UCO President) with full power to implement this Article IX, Section 10 of the California Constitution.  If the office of UCO President remains vacant for 180 days, the Governor of California will appoint the UCO President.  The UCO President will serve at the pleasure of the appointer and shall be an ex officio member of the Regents. 

(k).  Once this ballot measure, Article IX, Section 10 to the California Constitution, is approved by the voters, the California State Treasurer is authorized and required to issue revenue bonds in an appropriate amount to fund UCO in its entirety.  UCO will be responsible for the repayment of these bonds.

 

A California Proposition by Boyd Roberts to create a new University of California Online (UCO)



         Draft Language, Article IX, Section 10 of the California Constitution, shall read as follows: