Legislation to ensure dual credit hours earned in high school would be transferable to Kentucky’s colleges and universities passed the Senate earlier this week by a 38-0 vote.
The measure, known as Senate Bill 101, would require postsecondary institutions to accept dual credits from high schools. In dual credit, a student is enrolled in a course that allows the pupil to earn high school credit and college credit simultaneously.
Senate Republican Whip Mike Wilson of Bowling Green said SB 101 was the result of the Kentucky Career and Technical Education (CTE) Task Force that met during the interim. The task force examined Kentucky’s various CTE programs across the state.
Wilson, who sponsored SB 101, said the task force identified a growing number of students taking dual-credit classes in high school that didn’t transfer to postsecondary institutions.
“I don’t know about you, but as a parent that would make me truly angry,” Wilson said of postsecondary institutions not honoring dual credit.
Several years ago, the General Assembly passed similar legislation dealing with two-year colleges and four-year universities. That legislation aligned courses with the colleges so the credits earned for those course hours could be transferred to universities.
Wilson said the goal of SB 101 and the prior legislation is to make college more affordable by giving kids a head start. The idea is that it’s more cost-effective for students to earn the credits in high school than at a university.
SB 101 now goes to the House of Representatives for its consideration.