News release from Indiana State Senator Jim Banks (R-17th):
Sen. Banks: Senate Approves Higher Education Reform
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2013) – Three higher education reform bills authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) passed the Senate today.
This session, Banks introduced several bills intended to make Indiana’s higher education system more efficient and accountable. His legislation approved today includes:
- Senate Bill 98 – Requires state leaders to study issues related to regional campus governance.
- Senate Bill 180 – Improves transparency in higher education grading and employment practices.
- Senate Bill 406 – Establishes a streamlined program for administering college-level classes to high school students for dual credit.
“It’s clear that we must do more to improve higher education management and affordability,” Banks said. “Too often, students are kept from completing college degrees due to financial difficulties and administrative red tape. The legislation approved today will improve transparency in the system and spur conversation about how to give our young people a better chance at academic success.”
The bills will now head to the House of Representatives for further consideration.