Gov. Rick Perry celebrated Angelo State University's new $10,000 degree program and called on more Texas universities to follow suit. He was joined by Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance, Angelo State University (ASU) President Joseph C. Rallo and State Representative Drew Darby.
"I'm proud of ASU for joining the growing list of universities that are thinking hard about how to educate more Texans at a reasonable cost," Gov. Perry said. "A $10,000 degree provides an opportunity for students to earn a low-cost, high-quality degree that will get them where they want to go in their careers and their lives."
"Under this program, any qualifying student could enter Angelo State as a freshman and in four years leave with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies for less than $10,000 in tuition and fees, starting in the fall of 2013," President Rallo said. "By completing all their courses on the Angelo State campus, qualifying students will be able to enjoy the full academic and co-curricular advantages of a residential campus as they earn their degrees."
ASU's Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program will be open to Texas residents who have an ACT score of 27 or greater or a combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1220 or better. Transfer students with at least a 3.5 GPA on all previous academic work will also be eligible for the degree. All students in the program will be required to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better.
"Keeping tuition affordable for our students at each component institution remains a top priority," Chancellor Hance said. "We are proud of Angelo State for crafting such a flexible and economical degree plan, as this academic program is attractive to a variety of students and encourages graduating in four years."
"I am grateful Angelo State University and the Texas Tech University System continue to make higher education more affordable for students and parents," Rep. Darby said. "A $10,000 baccalaureate degree is one example that will keep costs low for families while still giving students the high quality of education they deserve."
In addition to this degree program, ASU has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Roscoe Independent School District and Western Texas College (WTC) to allow Roscoe Collegiate High School (RCHS) graduates to seamlessly transfer and continue their education at ASU. RCHS is a collaborative partnership between Roscoe ISD, Texas State Technical College-Sweetwater and WTC. RCHS serves a majority Hispanic and economically disadvantaged student population, and provides an accelerated education leading to an associate degree or up to 60 college credit hours from WTC upon graduation.
In 2011, Gov. Perry challenged institutions of higher education to find efficiencies in the way they teach students, including offering bachelor's degrees for $10,000 or less, including books. So far, ten 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
* Angelo State University
* Sul Ross State University, Rio Grande College and Southwest Texas Junior College
For more information about the governor's education priorities, please visit http://governor.state.tx.us/initiatives/education/.