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Rick Perry Praises University of Texas Permian Basin’s Proposed $10,000 Degree

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Texas Governor Rick Perry weighs in on a Texas university’s offer of a less-expensive college degree.

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin has proposed to begin offering a $10,000 undergraduate degree program this fall.

The Bachelor of Science degree will offer majors in chemistry, computer science, geology, information systems, and mathematics. The courses will be offered on the UTPB campus, and the program has rigorous admission standards.

“The Texas Science Scholar Program improves access to critical degrees in science and technology and also addresses the institution’s goal to increase enrollment while improving the four-year graduation rate,” said UTPB President David Watts.

Applications are being accepted for a few qualified resident full-time students. The University of Texas System Board of Regents is expected to approve the program on Thursday.

Perry said “I congratulate the UT System and UT Permian Basin for this important step toward making a degree more available and affordable for students seeking an education in these critically-needed fields, and I encourage all our institutions of higher education to continue their efforts to create more degrees costing no more than $10,000, books included.”

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