Oregon bill to create pilot programs for fixed-cost bachelor's degrees advances

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A bill that directs Oregon technical and regional universities to develop pilot programs for fixed-cost bachelor’s degrees advanced but not without changes. 

House Bill 4076 directs Eastern Oregon University, the Oregon Institute of Technology, Southern Oregon University and Western Oregon University to launch those pilot programs by fall 2015.

Supporters of the bill say it would start a conversation about innovative ways to reduce the costs of college while helping the state achieve its graduation goals. But some college officials raised concerns that they would not have enough funding to keep the programs running long-term.

The House Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee unanimously advanced the bill Monday to a budget committee.

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