Texas might have to do some things a little differently with its public higher education system. A committee of businessmen and higher education leaders mandated by Republican Governor Rick Perry recently presented a report to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. According to an article by Melissa Ludwig in the San Antonio Express-News, the report recommends,

That the state make better use of online courses and “no-frills” education and tie state funds to course completion rather than enrollment. Other suggestions included pushing students to finish college in four years and requiring them to complete 10 percent of their degrees outside the classroom.

While the true potential for cost savings due to online education are debatable, a lot of the recommendations look practical and meaningful.

Let’s see how the implementation goes.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer