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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Launch of Texas A&M University System’s Accountability Initiative

Monday, October 29, 2012  •  Austin, Texas   •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement regarding the launch of the Texas A&M University System's accountability initiative, EmpowerU, a new management and accountability program designed to more efficiently measure learning outcomes for student success.

"Texas A&M University System's EmpowerU management and accountability program is an excellent example of leading the way toward more accountable, affordable and accessible higher education for all Texans. Innovative programs like this will increase transparency and hold institutions more accountable for quality and efficiency, better serving our students and our state."

In order to ensure Texas students who want to pursue a degree have access to an affordable and accountable education, Gov. Perry has called for a four-year tuition freeze at the rate a student pays his or her freshman year. He has encouraged institutions to use technology to help improve four-year graduation rates and make tuition more affordable. He has also proposed outcomes-based funding for institutions, tying 10 percent of an institution's state funding to the number of students it graduates. Additionally, the governor has renewed his challenge for institutions of higher education to offer bachelor's degrees for $10,000 or less, including books. So far, ten institutions have announced or implemented a $10,000 degree.

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