H.B. 3521 directs the joint boards of education (the state board of education and board of higher education) to develop standards to apply community college credits toward four-year degrees. The legislation provides the standards may include:
- Admission standards to four-year schools for students who have earned an associate transfer degree
- The maximum number of credits a student who has earned an associate transfer degree must complete to receive various types of baccalaureate degrees
- The maximum number of credits a student who has completed a transfer program (1-year program to allow a student to earn credits toward a baccalaureate degree) would need to complete to earn various types of baccalaureate degrees
- A process by which a community college would award an associate's degree upon completion of necessary credits, regardless of whether a student applied to receive the degree or the student had earned the credits at a 2-year or 4-year campus
- Any other issues identified by the joint boards of education related to community college courses of study and student ability to transfer credits to a 2- or 4-year institution, to be admitted to a 4-year institution, or to earn a degree at a 2-year or 4-year institution.
- Requirements that students must meet to benefit from the aforementioned five standards.