The Commerce Journal

June 26, 2013

First $10,000 degree to be offered in the fall

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — Texas A&M University-Commerce was recently named one of the most affordable and highest quality colleges to attend in Texas, according to a new report.

A&M-Commerce is about to add to the affordability as it is also one of the first universities to launch a $10,000 bachelor degree program.

In his 2011 State of the State address, Texas Gov. Rick Perry laid out the plan that he wanted universities to follow.

Jones said the program, which is completely online, is unique in that it is a competency-based model where students can finish in as little as two years, depending on their skill level.

The first degree is organizational leadership, with two more degrees added on in the next two years.

The cost of the degree ranges from $7,000 to $14,000, depending on how much instruction the student needs.

“Students are in charge of the cost,” he said. “I am pretty excited about the direction this is headed.”

The first program will be available in October 2013.