In 2011, then-Texas Governor Rick Perry called on the Lone Star State's public four-year universities to craft affordable bachelor's degrees, what the Governor labeled at the time, “$10,000 degrees.”
Texas universities have risen to the challenge. In late 2013, the first Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Degree was launched by Texas A&M-Commerce and South Texas College. The new program commenced with “seven enrolled students and grew to more than 300 students and 121 program graduates by the fall of 2016.” The Affordable Baccalaureate Degree combines online study with a competency-based format, meaning that students can get credit for competencies already acquired in the workforce and/or during military service. This lowers both cost and reduces significantly the time it takes to graduate.