Gov. Rick Scott’s $10,000 degree challenge to community colleges continues to gather more steam, with 11 additional colleges (including Miami Dade College) announcing on Monday that they would offer bachelor’s degree programs to some students that are priced at $10,000 or less.
The additional schools means all 23 Florida community colleges that issue bachelor’s degrees are now participating in the program.
Scott first began the initiative, which is modeled after a similar program in Texas, in November. Like in Texas, the program has been praised for drawing attention to college affordability, but criticized for benefitting only a small sliver of Florida’s college students, and doing little to address the overall root causes of rising college costs.