A total Bachelor Degree will only cost $10,000. The hitch is that this is an employee perk. So, you can't enroll in this degree program unless your employer offers it. Among those which do are McDonald's and Partners HealthCare. Here is the coverage of this innovation by Bloomberg Business Week.
The values underlying this online degree operated by Southern New Hampshire University include the employers' conviction that an educated employee is a premium asset. In the old days before extreme rightsizing, Corporate America did invest mega bucks in employee training and development. Those initiatives ranged from a seminar on public speaking to picking up the entire bill for the Executive MBA. That was then.
Now, most help wanted ads specify that employees have to provide exactly what's needed in skills from the get-go. There is no expectation, on either side, of investment in that worker.
College for America changes that. Never did Karl Marx anticipate that employers and their workforce would be pulling in the same direction when it came to acquiring a marketable degree. Researchers are bound to track retention rates, productivity and profitability of workplaces which offer this specific perk.