Online Learning Update

April 28, 2011

Texas higher education agency embraces Governor Perry’s $10,000 degree

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:44 pm

By Ralph K.M. Haurwitz, Austin Statesman

The Texas higher education agency is embracing Gov. Rick Perry’s challenge to develop bachelor’s degree programs (featuring online learning and credit for prior learning) costing no more than $10,000, including textbooks. “It’s entirely feasible,” Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes said today. “It’s something we are going to pursue aggressively.” Speaking at a meeting in Austin of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Paredes said a sizable portion of the state’s growing population of low-income students will “simply be left out” of higher education if affordable options are not developed. He said such options might not be appropriate for all degree plans and for all students.

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