EL PASO, Texas - A new Texas state law that took effect this month wants to help some college students save time and money.
Senate Bill 25 was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott this summer. It seeks to make the state's core curriculum clearer to prevent transfer students from taking classes that won't ultimately transfer over.
"Transfer has been perhaps one of the most vexing issues in the past legislative sessions, in part because we have in Texas a rich higher education structure. There are over 50 community college districts, 37 general public education institutions," said Dr. Virginia Fraire, the Associate Provost at the University of Texas at El Paso.
The law requires universities to develop recommended course sequences for different majors, laying out classes for students and a timeline recommended in which to take them.
"Senate Bill 25 means that students are going to save money and save time as a result of this legislation. Every year, about 60 million dollars are spent by students and by the state on courses that do not transfer," Fraire added.