RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – A bill that aims to help students at Texas community colleges, like South Texas College, transfer their credits to four-year universities is now headed to the governor’s desk.
Lawmakers unanimously passed Senate Bill 25 out of both chambers this week. It calls on colleges to more clearly identify which courses would transfer for credit. It would also require students to file degree plans earlier in the process so schools can help determine degree paths.
“These reforms will dramatically increase predictability and consistency for Texas students” Says State Senator Royce West.
“That translates to almost two full semesters really that are not going to count towards that degree. That is lost time, that is lost money, that is lost earning potential.” Says State Representative Chris Turner.
The bill also triggers the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to conduct studies on individual majors grouped under larger academic umbrellas.
It also requires colleges and universities to compile reports on courses not eligible for transfer credit.