Monday, July 17, 2017

Texas A&M-Commerce and the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Program

A marketing representative in Rockwall, Texas, Adam McCroskie works for Heritage Premium Assignment Company, where he works with insurance agents by offering financing for commercial insurance. Adam McCroskie holds a bachelor’s in business from Texas A&M-Commerce, which offers an award-winning Texas Affordable Baccalaureate program.

Dating back to 2014, the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate program is a statewide effort to create an affordable path to a baccalaureate degree. The program is a response to former Governor Rick Perry’s challenge to universities to develop a low-cost alternative path to a college degree. 

Each year, the state’s Coordinating Board confers the Star Award to an institution that has made “exceptional contributions” toward the goals of 60x30TX, a statewide initiative that aims to ensure 60 percent of adults between the ages of 25 and 34 achieve a postsecondary credential by 2030. In late 2016, Texas A&M-Commerce received news that it had been chosen as the winner of the Star Award from among 39 nominated schools. The award is a testament to the school’s commitment to containing costs in order to expand access to higher education.