Gov. Bill Ritter signed a bill that allows statewide transfer agreements in 14 program areas for the state’s two-year and four-year higher education institutions.

Under House Bill 1208, students who graduate from a two-year community college with an associate degree in one of the program areas, can then apply for admission to a four-year institution and be accepted as a junior, transferring all the common credits earned at the community college.

Currently, there are only two transfer agreements that exist between community colleges and four-year institutions that are uniform statewide. College administrators will work together to decide the 14 program areas to be accepted under the agreement.

Before the bill passed, there was no guarantee that the classes taken at a community college would transfer automatically. The bill creates a common set of courses that would transfer to any public four-year institution in the state if the student is admitted to the university.