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Kansas Governor Challenges State Universities to Offer $15,000 Bachelor's Degree

Gateway entrance to the University of Kansas in Lawrence (Photo by J. Schafer)

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has challenged state universities to create a bargain bachelor’s degree.  During his State of the State address this week, he imagined a four-year degree for just $15,000.  The Kansas Regents say probably the only way to hit that price point is by combining two years at a community college with two years at a four-year university.  Republican State Senator Ed Berger, who was president of Hutchinson Community College, is skeptical.

The Regents say that $15,000 does not include room and board.  And the bargain wouldn’t be for just any degree. The governor’s budget indicates Brownback wants the program to target high-demand jobs.  Brownback wants to set aside 50 state-funded scholarships for the first state university in Kansas to meet this challenge.


State Senator Ed Berger

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