The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on Wednesday awarded the 2016 Star Award to the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate program at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Launched in 2014, the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate program is the state’s first entirely competency-based bachelor-level degree from a public institution. It was created in response to a challenge issued by then-Gov. Rick Perry in 2011 to develop a low-cost alternative for completing a college degree. The entire program is offered online and allows students to earn a bachelor of applied science degree with an emphasis in organizational leadership at their own pace.
“The Texas A&M University System and our Board of Regents are committed to controlling costs while providing a high-quality college education,” said Chancellor John Sharp. “I salute Texas A&M University-Commerce for its leadership in making a quality college education available to more Texans.”