Texas governor Rick Perry has proposed (as a deliberately provocative target) that the state's (public) universities should be set up so that a student can get a bachelor's degree for $10,000 total (including the cost of books). Hey, I'm all for moon shot-type challenges, but there is something to be said for thinking hard about what you're suggesting. This plan (which would set costs per student cheaper than nearly all community colleges, by the way) is not well thought-out at all, which is completely unsurprising. To do this, the handwave argument is that professors should maximize online content for distance learning, and papers could be graded by graduate students or (apparently very cheaply hired) instructors. Even then, it's not clear that you could pull this off. Let me put it this way: I can argue that the world would benefit greatly from a solar electric car that costs $1,000, but that doesn't mean that one you'd want to own can actually be produced in an economically sustainable way at that price. This is classic Perry, though.