Governor Perry Outlines New Higher Education InitiativesFeatured Stories, News Monday, October 1st, 2012
Governor Rick Perry Monday outlined his initiatives for the upcoming legislative session to improve accessibility, accountability and affordability in higher education.
The governor called for a four year tuition freeze, outcomes-based funding for institutions and increased fiscal transparency for students and families.
Perry’s outcome-based proposal ties 10 percent of an institution’s state funding to the number of students it graduates. The Governor says currently, less than 30 percent of students at four-year institutions graduate in four years and only 58 percent graduating in six.
Monday’s announcement follows Perry’s challenge in 2011 to institutions of higher education to offer bachelor’s degrees for $10,000 or less, including books. So far, nine institutions have announced or implemented a $10,000 degree:
•The University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College System and Mansfield School District
•The University of Texas at Permian Basin
•The University of Texas at Brownsville
•Tarleton State University
•Texas A&M University – Commerce and South Texas College
•Texas A&M International University
•Texas A&M University – San Antonio and Alamo Colleges
•Texas A&M University – Texarkana
•Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College and Southwest Texas Junior College
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