Statement by Thomas K. Lindsay, Ph.D., Director of TPPF’s Center for Higher Education:

“After decades of skyrocketing college tuitions and student-loan debt, it is heartening to see something being done about it. South Texas College, Texas A&M-Commerce, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board have collaborated to produce the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Degree Program, which will drastically reduce tuition costs and time-to-degree for students. Leveraging web-based technology and competency-based criteria, this new project promises to restore access and affordability for many families in Texas-and beyond. In time, this Texas initiative could become the model for the other 49 states.”


Thomas K. Lindsay, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He is a former deputy chairman and chief operating officer of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has more than two decades of experience in higher education management and instruction.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin.

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