HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed into law a bill designed to make it clearer which credits the University of Connecticut and the four other state universities accept.

The new reporting requirements were pushed by John Mullane, a counselor at Gateway Community Collge in New Haven who called it necessary to help students reduce the time and cost of a bachelor’s degree.

Also backing the bill were State Rep. Pam Staneski, R-Milford, a lead Republican on the Legislature’s Higher Education Committee.

Starting in January, the law requires the state’s public universities to publish links to transfer agreements on the state’s Office of Higher Education website and submit annual reports on transfer credits accepted and rejected. The universities would also have to make public the graduation rate of transfer students.

The University of Connecticut already does some reporting, and has a Guaranteed Admissions Program that assures community college students admission with a certain grade point average and an associate degree in approved academic programs.

Until now, the other state universities — Western, Southern, Central and Eastern — have not had to report transfer statistics. They do have a Transfer Ticket program that allows students who earn an associate degree at one of Connecticut’s 12 community college to seamlessly transfer to Central, Eastern, Southern or Western to complete a bachelor’s in their major without loss of credit.

The bill mandates that incoming community college students be educated about the variety of transfer programs available.