Texas Affordable Baccalaureate
The Texas Affordable Baccalaureate (TAB) is an innovative model and bold solution for many challenges facing higher education. First-generation, underprepared, low-income, and working adult students, all part of higher education’s “new normal,” need non-traditional and affordable postsecondary options. The TAB program is designed to deliver just that. Through a combination of competency-based and traditional courses, online and in-person instruction, and alternative low-cost tuition structures, TAB offers an accessible bachelor’s degree that can save students thousands of dollars and semesters of time.
Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMU-C), and South Texas College (STC) collaborated on the development of the first TAB degrees. In these TAB degree programs, cost to students is minimal at $750 for each seven-week period of enrollment, with no limit on the number of modules they complete per term. Through a competency-based model that incorporates prior learning assessments (completed prior to program enrollment) and transfer credits (where applicable), students in both programs complete the modules at their own pace, mastering the content before moving on in their programs. The campuses graduated their first students in 2015.
On March 2, 2017, four new TAB programs were announced:
- South Texas College / Austin Community College: Bachelor’s of Applied Technology in Computer Information Technology
- Tarleton State University: Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Science
- Texas A&M University – Commerce: Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice
- Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi: Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology