JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri college students soon could find it a little easier to transfer credit hours among institutions.
Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Thursday requiring public colleges and universities to formulate by July 2014 a core of 25 lower-level courses for which credit hours can be transferred among all public institutions.
The bill also requires the state higher education board to come up with a "reverse transfer" policy. That would allow students with credit hours from universities to put those toward an associate's degree at other institutions.
Nixon says the new law fits with a goal of increasing the number of Missouri's working-age adults with college degrees from the current 35 percent to 60 percent by 2020.