Kansas Regents approve general education package for

Students who transfer between community colleges and state universities in Kansas will now be able to do so more easily.

The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a measure that will create, for the first time in state history, a statewide general education package between Kansas’ community colleges and six state universities.

The package, similar to those long ago adopted by other states around the region, establish a common set of general education classes that count as progress toward any Kansas institution’s bachelors or transfer associates degrees.

The change comes after a nearly-two-year effort to overhaul the Regents system’s approach to transfer students and credits. Previously, each institution set its own standards for general education classes, which made it more difficult for students to understand what classes they needed to have in order to transfer.