SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- University of Texas President Bill Powers says he supports offering $10,000 degrees but finds it unlikely the school could offer such plans to all students.

Powers addressed reporters Saturday at the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors convention in San Antonio. He says he is concerned about rising tuition costs and wants the availability of cheaper degree plans.

However, he says the university s mission is to push forward with more technology and research. He says the cost structure of such plans don t allow the university to offer $10,000 degree plans for all students.

Powers, UT s president since 2006, has been fighting off political criticism for more than two years. He has clashed with some regents over tuition and the roles of research and teaching at universities, among other things.

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