Perry, Raney & Loftin on Higher Education InitiativesFeatured Stories, News Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
For the second time this week, Governor Perry has promoted his initiatives for higher education.
State Representative John Raney of Bryan says he’s studying the Governor’s ideas, which include freezing tuition for incoming freshmen and offering four year bachelors degrees with books for $10,000 dollars, and tieing 10 percent of state funding to four year graduation rates.
According to the Governor’s office, five members of the Texas A&M University System offer the $10,000 degree programs (Tarleton, Commerce, International, San Antonio, and Texarkana).
Texas A&M University President Bowen Loftin, responding to a request by WTAW News to comment about the Governor’s higher education initiatives, stated: “Texas A&M has long been recognized for being a good steward of the resources entrusted to our university. Fulfilling our land-grant mission means continuing to find ways to remain accessible and affordable to a broad cross-section of qualified students, and we are making considerable progress in achieving our target of awarding 12,500 degrees each year. We also remain committed to continued dialogue with policymakers and other stakeholders on how we might become even more effective and efficient, as well as establish predictable funding for both the university and our students and their families.”
On Wednesday, Gov. Perry was in San Angelo to recognize Angelo State University for offering a $10,000 degree. ASU’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program requires students to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better.
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