Georgia students now will be able to transfer more of their college course credits between state technical colleges and universities.
The Board of Regents voted Wednesday to accept another 17 courses as transferable between the Technical College System of Georgia and the University System of Georgia.
"This is all designed to help configure our systems in ways to better serve our students," said John Millsaps, Board of Regents associate vice chancellor for media and publications.
Local educators are excited about the opportunities the decision will provide students.
"This is just incredible for our students because we truly are looking at seamless education now," Lanier Technical College Vice President of Academic Affairs Linda Barrow said.
Now a total of 27 classes have been approved as transferable. The courses include history, literature, math, biology and other general education courses that students typically take during their first few semesters.
"We're trying to remove as many barriers as possible," said Al Panu, vice president of academic affairs at Gainesville State College.
He said the decision is important for many reasons, the main being that it will save students time and money by not having to retake courses. In the past, students who took courses at a state technical college but wanted to transfer to a university would have to retake most, if not all, of their general education courses.