The governor said he favors the concept, but disagreements over the content for the course's model curriculum should be resolved first.
Assembly Bill 331 would take effect with the class of 2030; author Jose Medina accepts several amendments proposed by critics.
The debate continues on what should be in an ethnics studies curriculum; legislators must decide whether to be the first state to require it.
The new college’s funding should go to other schools, legislators say. Defenders insist the school will help the newly unemployed retrain.
Tony Thurmond says the curriculum should focus on African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanos and Latinos, and Native Americans.
José Medina will bring back Assembly Bill 331 next year, after there has been time to redraft the controversial ethnic studies curriculum.
State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond join those calling for a major revision.
California private colleges continue to oppose a revised bill that seeks information on legacy admissions. They contend that a threatened Cal Grant loss will hurt low-income students.
Higher education experts expect Newsom to be more generous to academia than Gov. Brown. New funding and expansion of free community college tuition are anticipated.
Cal State system's ambitious Graduation Initiative 2025 seeks a huge increase in completion rates by the middle of the next decade. Efforts include adding classes, improving counseling and urging students to take full course loads.