Kansas colleges look for ways to offer $15,000 degree

Kansas higher education leaders aren't sure how they'll meet Gov. Sam Brownback's challenge to provide a way to earn certain bachelor's degrees for no more than $15,000 but they're willing to try. Brownback issued the challenge in his State of the State speech earlier this month and said he would award $1 million in scholarships to the first Kansas college or university to set up a program. He said he wanted to focus on high-risk and other students whose families don't have the financial means to fund a traditional four-degree. "My dream would be that it would be really targeted at first generation college students where their parents haven't gone to college," Brownback said. ADVERTISING ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads The effort, inspired by programs in Texas and Florida, would focus on degrees in high-need fields such as health care, IT and education. It would create ways to earn degrees with credits earned in high school, at a community college and at a university. Brownback said he's also open to other options colleges might devise. Still, bringing the cost of a degree down will be difficult, and some are skeptical. "Fifteen thousand dollars is ridiculous, and I can't say that strong enough," said state...

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