In response to Gov. Rick Perry’s challenge to Texas institutions of higher education to develop affordable college degree alternatives, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announced the launch of the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Degree Program. This innovative initiative creates a low-cost, competency-based bachelor’s degree for college students and began last week at South Texas College and Texas A&M University-Commerce, which collaborated with the board to develop the program.
This degree program is Texas’ first competency-based bachelor-level degree from a public institution. A student with no prior college credits should be able to complete the degree in three years at a total cost of $13,000 to $15,000.