Texas may be experimenting with an initiative to help students and families struggling with the high costs of college: a bachelor’s degree for $10,000, including tuition fees and even textbooks. Under a plan unveiled in 2011, Republican Gov. Rick Perry is proposing a bachelor’s degree for $10,000, including tuition fees and even textbooks. The governor has called on institutions in Texas to develop options for the success of these low-cost undergraduate degrees.
1. If the annual cost of tuition in Texas is $8,354 at a public institution, what percentage decrease in costs is the governor proposing?
2. What is the UT Arlington model for $10,000?
3. What is the Angelo State University model for under $10,000?
4. What is the Texas A & M model for about $10,000?
5. Which of these do you think makes the most sense and why?
6. Do you think that the $10,000 degree will result in innovation or what some critics argue is a a second-rate education (you get what you pay for)?
Seligman, L. (2012). Does Texas Have an Answer to Sky-High Tuition? The National Journal, Nov. 23 (Retrievable online at http://www.nationaljournal.com/domesticpolicy/does-texas-have-an-answer-to-sky-high-tuition–20121123)