University of Kansas

Kansas colleges look for ways to offer $15,000 degree

Kansas higher education leaders aren't sure how they'll meet Gov. Sam Brownback's challenge to provide a way to earn certain bachelor's degrees for no more than $15,000 but they're willing to try.

Brownback issued the challenge in his State of the State speech earlier this month and said he would award $1 million in scholarships to the first Kansas college or university to set up a program. He said he wanted to focus on high-risk and other students whose families don't have the financial means to fund a traditional four-degree.

"My dream would be that it would be really targeted at first generation college students where their parents haven't gone to college,"...