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ERIC Number: ED561966
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Program: A Collaboration between the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, South Texas College, and Texas A&M University-Commerce. CBE Case Study
Klein-Collins, Rebecca; Glancey, Kathleen
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
This case study is part of a series on newer competency-based degree programs that have been emerging in recent years. In January 2014, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), South Texas College (STC), and Texas A&M University-Commerce (A&M Commerce) launched the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Program, the state's first competency-based bachelor-level degree. The applied baccalaureate degree in organizational leadership is offered as a low-cost alternative to a traditional postsecondary degree, with a goal to serve students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The degree is also designed to provide students with the competencies that employers have identified as necessary for the 21st century, and it gives students the opportunity to accelerate time to completion--and reduce their costs--as they earn a postsecondary degree. This report provides details on the design of the program, which features a blended model that combines competency-based courses and courses with a more traditional format. Other program details described in this case study include: embedded course assessments; faculty involvement in the program; start-up costs, costs to the student, and cost savings for the student; accreditation and financial aid; issues and challenges of the program; student outreach, enrollment, and outcomes; and plans for future growth of the program.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation
Authoring Institution: Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Identifiers - Location: Texas