The $10000 degree begs the $60000 question: why?

We hear now that some public colleges in Florida are taking Gov. Scott’s challenge of the $10,000 Bachelors seriously.  How could this cost so little?

Valencia’s Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering wouldn’t be less expensive to operate, Shugart indicated, but would simply rely less on student tuition and draw more from the college’s other revenues. Contributions from local businesses — similar to traditional scholarships — would make up the difference in tuition for students in the B. S. in construction at Seminole State, president Ann McGee said.

Other colleges would subsidize the programs. I’m sure they’d love that. Budgets in certain disciplines are already constrained and no doubt faculty would be chagrined, to say the least, if told they have to contribute already limited funds to other degree programs.

Inside Higher Ed has a rather detailed take on this from several months ago. Now, I’ve seen mention of the possibility of an education degree in the mix. No reader here should be surprised at all to hear of that possibility, especially since Florida is obsessed with its virtual and online education. But if rheformers can’t TFA teacher preparation, then they can at least bring it down a few rungs closer to the bottom. Maybe this is a way to do it, especially in the highly marketed STEM teaching areas.

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