The Texas Public Policy Foundation today released a paper on college affordability in Texas by Dr. Thomas Lindsay, director of the Center for Higher Education. The paper, “Consolidating the Revolution: 2017 Update on the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Program,” examines rising college costs and potential solutions.

“Tuition hyperinflation and crushing student-loan debt have reached crisis levels,” said Lindsay. “To aid Texas students and their parents, a lower-cost college degree, the “Texas Affordable Baccalaureate,” was launched at Texas A&M-Commerce and South Texas College three years ago. The program’s success has led to a new grant from AT&T to expand the affordable baccalaureate from the current two, to ten, colleges. Through this revolutionary program, and the first time, the college affordability debate is focusing on how schools themselves can lower their prices, rather than on how taxpayers can cough up more money to subsidize public higher education. The Legislature should capitalize on this innovation and seek to incentivize every Texas public university to craft specific affordable baccalaureate programs for their students.”

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Dr. Thomas Lindsay, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. 
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit free-market research institute based in Austin.