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March 17, 2014 at 5:00 AM

The promise of a $10,000 bachelor’s degree

Michael Osbun / Op Art

Michael Osbun / Op Art

Is it possible to create a bachelor’s degree that would cost students only $10,000?

A few years ago, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Florida Gov. Rick Scott called on colleges to create a $10,000 bachelor’s degree. Critics argued that it was tantamount to the “Walmartization” of higher education. But those two states now offer a limited number of low-cost online degrees.

Earlier this month, Jean Floten — former president of Bellevue College and currently chancellor of Western Governors University-Washington — took part in a panel discussion on the merits of the low-cost degree at the South by Southwest education conference, or SXSWedu, the companion to the annual music, film and interactive conference in Austin, Texas.

“To me, it’s not so much the $10,000 degree, as it is that higher education needs to find better ways to deliver its content,” she said. “What can we do to be cheaper, faster, better?”


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