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June 7, 2013

Online offerings fuel Blinn’s Summer I enrollment growth

College sees 49.8 percent increase in Distance Learning enrollment

The continued success of Blinn College’s Distance Learning offerings propelled the College to its highest Summer I enrollment in five years.

Blinn recorded a total Summer I enrollment of 6,670 students, a 7.9 percent increase over 2012. That growth was bolstered by record-setting Distance Learning enrollment, which saw 2,503 students take advantage of the convenience of online course offerings – a 49.8 percent climb over last year.

Online course offerings have become increasingly popular at Blinn and across the country. The Sloan Consortium’s 2012 Survey of Online Learning reported that 6.7 million U.S. college students (32 percent) took online courses in Fall 2011, an increase of almost 10 percent over the previous year. That increase is especially meaningful given that overall enrollment declined in the United States for the first time in 15 years.

Dr. Mark Workman, Blinn’s dean of Distance Learning, said more students are enrolling in online courses due to the flexibility to schedule classwork around jobs, parenting and vacations; less time and money spent traveling to and from campus; and the opportunity to take courses without living in the immediate area.

Blinn’s Brenham campus saw a 23 percent enrollment jump with 401 students, while the Bryan campus saw 8.1 percent growth with 4,084 students. Additionally, 56 students registered on the Schulenburg campus and 50 enrolled on the Sealy campus.

The College saw a 5.5 percent increase in contact hours – the number of hours students receive toward their education – at 572,296. State funding is based upon contact hours.

Blinn enrolled 17,989 students last Fall and has experienced 28.3 percent growth since 2006. Founded in 1883, Blinn has the state’s highest percentage of students who graduate from leading four-year institutions, and its tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its four campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its workforce education, technical training and vocational education programs.

Registration for Blinn’s Summer II and Fall semesters is now available. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.