During its September 18, 2018, meeting, the Blinn College District Board of Trustees approved six policy priorities for the 86th Texas Legislative session. Blinn will ask state lawmakers to support community colleges as they continue to offering affordable, high-quality academic and career training programs for students. In Fall 2017, approximately 78 percent of Blinn students came from outside the College’s 13-county service area, highlighting Blinn’s role as a vital education provider for students across the State of Texas.
The six policy priorities approved by the board are:
- Blinn supports the state funding goals for community colleges as adopted by the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) and Community College Association of Texas Trustees (CCATT). The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Community and Technical Colleges Formula Advisory Committee recommends an 8 percent, or $144 million, overall increase in state formula funding for community colleges for a total request of $1.9 billion in the 2020-21 biennium.
- Blinn requests that the Legislature support enhanced policies, programs, and associated funding to strengthen workforce development services and initiatives. This includes continued growth of the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant Program and the Skills Development Fund Program, both of which are administered by the Texas Workforce Commission, and the inclusion of community colleges in new workforce development policies advanced through the Legislature.
- Blinn respectfully requests that the 86th Legislature clarify the definition of the transfer to a four-year university success point category to include transfers of co-enrolled students.
- Blinn supports the dual credit goals for community colleges adopted by the TACC and the CCATT.
- Blinn requests that the Legislature support additional state funding to offset the rising expenses associated with Hazlewood Act exemptions.
- Blinn requests that the Legislature restore the lost funding to ensure the Star of the Republic Museum’s continued success in educating visitors from across the region and state regarding the proud history of the Texas Republic.
“These policy priorities reflect Blinn’s commitment to providing quality, affordable education for Texas students,” said Leighton Schubert, Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Strategic Relations. “With the Legislature’s support, we look forward to reducing barriers to higher education while continuing to offer programs that prepare students to thrive in the workforce.”