updated: 3/8/2012 6:05:26 AM
Governor Mitch Daniels says he will sign the so-called "credit creep" bill. The proposal limits the number of credit hours needed to earn a degree at state colleges and universities. Daniels, who raised the issue during this year's State of the State speech, says the measure could help improve college completion rates and deal with the rising cost of higher education.
The bill caps most bachelor's degrees at 120 credit hours and associate's degrees at 60 hours.
Public colleges or universities wanting more would need approval from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
The bill headed to Daniels' desk also has a provision to automatically increase credit hours if required by outside accreditation or requirements of an occupational certificate or license.