Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear signs bill to ease college credit transfer process
House Bill 160 will benefit KCTCS students moving to a state university
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear, joined by Rep. Carl Rollins, Dr. Michael McCall, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and Robert King, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), today signed House Bill 160, a measure designed to make it easier for KCTCS students to transfer credits to the state’s four-year public universities.
“As more Kentuckians pursue higher education, a smoother transition for our students is paramount in fostering them on the path to a four-year degree,” said Gov. Beshear. “I commend Rep. Rollins and the members of the General Assembly for recognizing the importance higher education plays in the future of Kentucky and its citizens. I also congratulate Dr. McCall and President King on their continued efforts to bring our community college system and public universities together to create more opportunities for students. Let there be no doubt that as Kentuckians gain a better education, the economic outlook for this state will prosper.”
Sponsored by Rep. Rollins, of Midway, HB 160 will help provide students with a clear-cut understanding of which courses will apply toward a four-year degree. By developing a statewide agreement to align arts and science coursework at community colleges with bachelors’ degree programs at four-year schools, it creates consistency among core courses that students need in order to succeed. The measure also includes stipulations for maintaining the agreement. The legislation will take effect in the 2012-2013 academic year.
“House Bill 160, the Transfer Bill, will provide Kentucky students entering any KCTCS institution the ability to follow a clearly defined path to a four year degree without the loss of credits,” said Rep. Rollins, chair of the House Education Committee. “The bill requires faculty from our two-year and four-year institutions to work together to establish and maintain learning outcomes that will result in a quality education. By creating this efficient path to a bachelor’s degree, Kentucky can reduce the cost of postsecondary education for our students and families while increasing the number of graduates.”
“I want to thank the Governor and the state legislature for their support of House Bill 160. This landmark legislation eliminates many of the barriers students have experienced when they try to transfer credit from KCTCS courses to public four-year universities in our state. This transfer bill will help KCTCS continue to transform the lives of Kentuckians by creating a more clearly defined path to a bachelor’s degree for students who plan to transfer to a four-year university in our state,” said KCTCS President Michael B. McCall.
“During the past year, the Governor’s Higher Education Work Group looked at various issues that affect the success of our total higher education efforts in Kentucky. One issue that surfaced was the problems with the transfer of college credits from KCTCS institutions to the four-year universities,” said Sen. Ken Winters, of Murray, chair of the Senate Education Committee. “House Bill 160 is a strong effort to deal with this issue. We all look forward to the impact that House Bill 160 will have on the improved movement of our students from one institution to another with minimal duplication of courses.”
“Improving our system of transfer and ensuring more students move from one level to the next is a critical strategy in our larger effort to increase the number of students in Kentucky graduating with degrees and credentials,” said CPE President King. “Intense work has been done in this area over the past year – and progress has been made. HB 160 will greatly speed our efforts to improve the system.”