By Josh Altic
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana: Pending executive signatures, it just became easier and cheaper to get a college education in Indiana.
On Thursday, the Indiana Senate approved two education reform bills previously approved by the House and sent them on to Governor Mike Pence.
Senate Bill 182 requires the Indiana Commission for High Education to work together with colleges to develop policies allowing two-year degree credits to transfer to related four-year degree programs. Here is the text of a summary of the new law:
|| Replaces articulation agreements related to the transfer of credits between state educational institutions with the development of a common curriculum and common standards for the transfer of associate degree credits leading to a baccalaureate degree between state educational institutions. Provides that statutes related to articulation agreements expire July 1, 2014. Establishes a committee to develop and implement the pathways to a degree program that will be available to students beginning in the fall of 2015. Provides that courses in the core transfer library must draw from the liberal arts and introductory or foundational courses in technical, professional, and occupational fields that are part of of the single articulation pathways.
The second bill, Senate Bill 406, seeks to create opportunities for dual credits by creating unified programs for teaching college-level classes to high school students. Below is a summary of the bill:
|| Postsecondary enrollment opportunities. Provides that postsecondary enrollment opportunities for high school students include concurrent enrollment college courses, on-campus college courses, online college courses, and college courses taught at high schools that allow high school students to receive college credit for successfully completing courses. Replaces existing statutes concerning concurrent enrollment courses, dual credit courses, and early college programs with a single postsecondary enrollment opportunities program. Repeals statutes concerning the double up program.