If you want that four year degree but don't want the four year price tag, Texas A&M University-Commerce, South Texas College and Southern New Hampshire University are now offering Bachelor's Degree programs for $10,000. Dr. Van Davis with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board tells KTRH it's a better way to learn despite the low cost.
“It does focus on moving students through at an accelerated form but it decelerates them so they’re working at their own pace.
The cost savings for the students and universities doesn’t come so much from the classes being on-line but from the ability of the universities to scale—to make the classes more affordable to the students, by allowing them to focus on areas where they may have trouble adapting.”
Overall, three higher education partners have launched an innovative Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Program, creating the state’s first competency-based bachelor-level degree from a public institution. This unique, low-cost degreewill give Texas students the opportunity to acquire a high-quality bachelor of applied science degree with an emphasis in organizational leadership. This degree is designed to provide the skills employers have identified as necessary for the 21st century, at the same time allowing students to accelerate time to completion and potentially save considerable money as they pursue their higher education goals.
According to Dr. Davis, director of innovations in higher education for the THECB, the new degree program was developed through collaboration between the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), South Texas College and Texas A&M University-Commerce, partnering under the College for All Texans Foundation and supported by EDUCAUSE and the Next Generation Learning Challenges Grants. The Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Program is a faculty-driven initiative, developed by community college and university faculty with input from community and business leaders, that evolved from a deep understanding of what is needed of graduates in the workplace.
So, for those seeking to expand their employment potential, these new programs might just be the answer.