Texas Educators Get to Work on $10k Bachelor's Program

In a bid to overhaul the higher education model in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry challenged local colleges and universities in February 2011 to create an online bachelor's degree program that costs students less than $10,000. In an Education Today piece on Classesandcareers.com, Brooke Brown writes that just months later, progress is being made. State Commissioner of Higher Education Van Davis reports that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is working aggressively to enact the economical, fast-track degree. In a Houston Chronicle article, Davis noted that the quality of education will not suffer with the new format, saying, "Low cost does not equate to low rigor." For his part, Perry is committed to boosting online education numbers, reducing university overcrowding and educating more Texans. "As leaders like Senator Zaffirini search for more low-cost pathways to a degree, it's time for a bold, Texas-style solution to this challenge, that I'm sure the brightest minds in our universities can devise," he said. With Texas universities enrolling 200,000 more students in 2010 than they did in 2008, the pressure is on to find a way to offer a quality education to all.

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