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Blinn posts record minimester enrollment for third consecutive year

Online classes fuel 26 percent leap in registration

May 15, 2014

Students continue to respond to the convenience and affordability of Blinn College’s May minimester.

Blinn registered a record 1,659 students for the current minimester, a 26 percent leap over last May’s enrollment. This marks the third consecutive year the College has set a minimester enrollment record. Blinn saw a 17.9 percent increase in contact hours with 79,536, also a new high.

Minimester ChartBlinn’s May and December minimesters allow students to earn a semester’s worth of college credit in less than three weeks.

“Our students are tremendously motivated to complete their degree plans,” said Dr. Harold Nolte, district president. “They want to graduate faster and join the workforce sooner, and the minimester courses are a convenient way for them to do exactly that.”

Blinn’s online courses attracted the greatest May growth, with 39.2 percent growth over 2013. To meet the increased demand for online classes, Blinn added three more sections and increased the maximum number of students per class.

Dr. Mark Workman, dean of Distance Learning, said students are enrolling in online courses for 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 Blinn courses without living in the immediate area.

In addition to its fully-online courses, Blinn offers “blended” courses, in which 50-85 percent of the course is conducted online, and web-enhanced courses in which the classroom experience is supplemented by the addition of online materials.

The Bryan campus registered 653 students for a 17.7 percent enrollment leap, while Brenham campus registration decreased by 13 students to 112.

Founded in 1883, the College’s 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 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 career and technical certification programs.

Blinn’s academic transfer rate is one of the highest in the nation, and its Transfer Enrollment at Texas A&M (TEAM) Program, a unique co-enrollment program that allows hundreds of additional students to qualify for Texas A&M University’s freshman class each year, recently received the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Recognition of Excellence.
A recent study found that Blinn makes a $345.3 million impact on the local economy, including a $239.5 million student productivity impact due to the skills students acquired at Blinn.

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