News release from Indiana State Senator Jim Banks (R-17th):
Sen. Banks: Higher Education Reform Bills Move to Governor’s Desk
(April 11, 2013) STATEHOUSE – Two bills authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to make higher education more affordable for Hoosiers cleared final passage in the Senate today and move to Gov. Pence’s desk for signature.
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 182 – Requires the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and state colleges to develop policies that expand college credit transferability. This includes allowing students who earn a two-year associate degree to transfer their credits to a related four-year bachelor’s degree program and enter at the same status as a junior.
- Senate Bill 406 – Establishes a streamlined program for administering college-level classes to high school students for dual credit.
“Too many of our college students are being kept from attaining their degrees because of financial difficulties and administrative constraints,” Banks said. “If we’re to provide for our students and help prepare them for their futures, we must make higher education a system that works with them. The bills approved today will help accomplish that.”