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October 4, 2012

Gov. Perry Promotes Competency-Based Learning and Technology as Keys to Improving Higher Education


AUSTIN, Texas —


“We are pleased that Gov. Perry is committed to making Texas a national and international leader in higher education,” Chairman Heldenfels said. “His focus on keeping college affordable for Texas families and creating financial incentive for institutions to improve results are important to ensuring we create and sustain a more educated workforce to drive our 21st century economy.”

“Digital technology is playing a dramatic role in changing the delivery of content in higher education,” Rep. Branch said. “It creates an opportunity for high quality offerings with more flexibility and a lower price for students.”


In order to ensure Texas students who want to pursue a degree have access to an affordable and accountable education, Gov. Perry has also called for a four-year tuition freeze at the rate a student pays his or her freshman year. He has also proposed outcomes-based funding for institutions, tying 10 percent of an institution’s state funding to the number of students it graduates. Additionally, the governor has renewed his challenge for institutions of higher education to offer 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

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